CT scanning in meningitis

Eur J Radiol. 1991 Mar-Apr;12(2):113-9. doi: 10.1016/0720-048x(91)90109-9.


Twelve paediatric cases of acute meningitis were reviewed retrospectively. Findings on CT scan were compared with the clinical course and resulting neurological sequelae. Complications detected by CT scanning include subdural effusion, empyema, hydrocephalus, cerebral atrophy, oedema and infarction. The CT scan results adequately correlated with neurological signs in most cases. Infarction was a reliable indicator of neurological sequelae. Cerebral atrophy alone, however, did not correlate well with the clinical sequelae.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Diseases / pathology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Meningitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Meningitis / microbiology
  • Meningitis / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*