Infectious disease expert weighs in on how physicians can effectively identify meningitis infection for best treatment

December 7, 2022

A new risk score could help clinicians differentiate viral meningitis from community-acquired bacterial meningitis (CABM), according to a review article by Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH, at UTHealth Houston.

Meningitis caused by viruses is serious but often is less severe than bacterial meningitis, which can be deadly and requires immediate medical attention. In a report published in JAMA, Hasbun assessed current diagnostic and treatment options for CABM with the importance of early detection and administration of antibiotic therapy and steroids playing a critical role in decreasing mortality.

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