volume 22, issue 1, P33-52 2008
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2007.10.001
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Michael T. Fitch, Fredrick M. Abrahamian, Gregory J. Moran, David A. Talan

Abstract: Bacterial meningitis and viral encephalitis are infectious disease emergencies that can cause significant patient morbidity and mortality. Clinicians use epidemiologic, historical, and physical examination findings to identify patients at risk for these infections, and central nervous system (CNS) imaging and lumbar puncture (LP) may be needed to further evaluate for these diagnoses. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis can be challenging, as patients often lack some of the characteristic findings of this dis…

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