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Clinical Picture Neisseria meningitidis subdural empyema causing acute cauda equina syndrome

A 22-year-old man presented to a hospital emergency department with symptoms of bacterial meningitis but without focal neurology. Blood and CSF cultures were positive for Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B. He received empirical bacterial meningitis therapy on presentation to the hospital as per local guidelines with 4 g ceftriaxone every 24 h, vancomycin titrated to>20 mg/L and 10 mg dexamethasone every 6 h, and 1 ·8 g benzylpenicillin every 4 h. On day 2 after admission, after bacterial identification of N meningitidis, treatment was simplified to the use of high dose ceftriaxone monotherapy.
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Clinical Picture Source Type: research

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