Meningitis in children: Diagnosis and treatment for the emergency clinician

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Abstract

This article provides a review of the evaluation and management of meningitis in young children. It highlights the most common causes of meningitis and the most current treatment recommendations. Since the development of the hemophilus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, pediatric bacterial meningitis has been diagnosed less frequently. Viral meningitis is far more common and tends to be a less severe disease. It is very important to maintain a high index of suspicion and a low threshold for evaluation of meningitis in febrile young infants younger than 3 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-156
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Encephalitis
  • Herpes simplex
  • Meningitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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