Acute community-acquired bacterial meningitis in adults: an evidence-based review

Cleve Clin J Med. 2012 Jun;79(6):393-400. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.79gr.12003.

Abstract

Community-acquired bacterial meningitis is still a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Clinicians should know how to quickly diagnose it, perform a lumbar puncture, order the necessary tests, and start appropriate empiric therapy promptly.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Community-Acquired Infections / diagnosis
  • Community-Acquired Infections / microbiology
  • Community-Acquired Infections / therapy
  • Cross Infection
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Listeria / isolation & purification*
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / diagnosis*
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / microbiology
  • Meningitis, Bacterial / therapy
  • Neisseria meningitidis / isolation & purification*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Spinal Puncture
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae / isolation & purification*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents