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Meningitis in Adults (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Meningitis in Adults?

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.

Where Can People Find More Information on Meningitis in Adults?

Meningitis Foundation of America
6610 North Shadeland Avenue, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46220-4393
800-668-1129

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
800-311-3435

Meningitis Research Foundation
http://www.meningitis.org/

REFERENCES:

Honda, H., and Warren, D.K. "Central Nervous System Infections: Meningitis and Brain Abscess." Infect Dis Clin N Am 23 (2009): 609-623.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections –Healthcare Facilities." Oct. 29, 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html>.

Ziai, W.C., and J.J. Lewin. "Update in the Diagnosis and Management of Central Nervous System Infections." Neurol Clin 26 (2008): 427-468.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/18/2015
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