A clinical syndrome characterized by signs/symptoms of acute meningeal inflammation from a viral etiology
Viral meningitis (VM) is the most common cause of aseptic meningitis (no iden...
Fever (in 76–100% of patients)
Headache (prominent early symptom)
Nuchal rigidity ...
Analgesics (adult doses; titrate d...
Monitor for relapse or exacerbation of symptoms.
Monitor for neurologic/neuroendocrine complications:...
Ciovacco WA, Baraff LJ. Lumbar puncture is not needed for all patients suspected to have viral meningitis. Ann Emerg Med. 2012;59(3):228–229. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
A87.9 Viral meningitis, unspecified
A87.1 Adenoviral meningitis
A87.0 Enteroviral meningitis
B00.3 Herpesviral meningitis
A87.2 Lymphocytic choriomeningitis
A87.8 Other viral meningitis
VM cannot be reliably distinguished from BM based on clinical findings alone.
Potential cases of BM should be hospitalized for evaluation and treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics u...
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