bacterial meningitis

Last edited 06/2018 and last reviewed 06/2021

Bacterial meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges resulting in high mortality and morbidity throughout the world (1).

  • it is a medical, neurologic, and neurosurgical emergency that needs a multidisciplinary approach (2)
  • detected early, it is potentially treatable, but even with optimal intervention there is a mortality of 10 or 20%.

With the emergence of conjugated vaccines, the burden of bacterial meningitis has reduced dramatically in children and as a result community-acquired bacterial meningitis has become a disease that affects more adults than children (1).

The causative agent of bacterial meningitis varies according to the age of the patient and predisposing factors (1)