Neonatal meningitis

Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2003 May;88(3):F173-8. doi: 10.1136/fn.88.3.f173.


Twelve years ago an annotation was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood regarding the antibiotic treatment of suspected neonatal meningitis. The authors recommended the use of cephalosporins rather than chloramphenicol and advocated intraventricular aminoglycoside treatment in selected cases. They noted the absence of clinical trials with third generation cephalosporins that showed an improvement in mortality or neurological outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Critical Care
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / drug therapy*
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / microbiology
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / mortality
  • Spinal Puncture
  • Streptococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents