Treatment of Meningococcal Disease

Nadel, S. Journal of Adolescent Health. Volume 59(2). pp. S21-S28


B0001735 Ultrasonic meningitis test - positive sample
Image source: Dr Mike Sobanski – Wellcome Images // CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Image shows a positive test result for meningitis using the ultrasound enhanced diagnostic test

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening infection that may progress rapidly, even after appropriate treatment has commenced. Early suspicion of the diagnosis is vital so that parenteral antibiotic treatment can be administered as soon as possible to reduce the complications of infection. The outcome of meningococcal disease is critically dependent on prompt recognition of two important complications: shock and raised intracranial pressure. Rapid recognition of disease and of these complications, together with appropriate management is crucial to the outcome of affected patients. This article summarizes the clinical features of invasive meningococcal disease, diagnostic tools, treatment modalities, and common post-infection sequelae.

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