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Meningitis in Adults (cont.)

Meningitis in Adults Prognosis

The prognosis of meningitis depends on the severity and the cause of the illness.

  • In those with severe bacterial meningitis or a very fast onset of illness, the death rate can be as high as 90%. If the person survives, even with proper treatment, long-term disabilities can result, including deafness, seizures, paralysis, blindness, or loss of limbs.
  • In those with less severe cases of bacterial meningitis, the death rate can still approach 25%. Long-term disabilities are possible. The person may require a prolonged period of hospitalization and rehabilitation.
  • For a person with viral meningitis, full recovery can take place in seven to 10 days.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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