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Enterovirus (EV) is the most common cause of aseptic meningitis and has a benign course, unlike EV encephalitis, which can result in long-term neurological sequelae. There are no active treatments or prophylactic agents, and management is purely supportive. Obtaining an EV-positive cerebrospinal fluid result usually allows antimicrobial treatment to be stopped. This review will answer some of the common questions surrounding EV meningitis/encephalitis.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/archdischild-2016-310632

Type

Journal article

Journal

Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed

Publication Date

04/2017

Volume

102

Pages

66 - 71

Keywords

CSF, Enterovirus, encephalitis, meningitis, parechovirus, Adolescent, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Child, Child, Preschool, Drug Administration Schedule, Enterovirus Infections, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Meningitis, Viral