Mollaret's meningitis: CSF-immunocytological examinations

J Neurol. 1987 Feb;234(2):103-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00314112.


Mollaret's meningitis is a rare clinical entity consisting of recurrent attacks of meningeal irritation, which, after a sudden onset, last for a few days. The prognosis appears to be excellent, although the aetiology has not been established. In the CSF so-called endothelial cells are a typical finding, but their classification is not yet clear. In the present case immunocytological examination of CSF cells revealed that the so-called Mollaret cells are monocytes. The time course of changes in helper/suppressor ratio is similar to that in other infectious diseases of the central nervous system.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Cell Count
  • Humans
  • Lymphocytes / pathology
  • Male
  • Meningitis / cerebrospinal fluid*
  • Meningitis, Aseptic / cerebrospinal fluid*
  • Meningitis, Aseptic / immunology
  • Middle Aged
  • Monocytes / immunology
  • Monocytes / pathology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal