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Emergency medicine

Meningitis in a young woman

Richard Sullivan, Jeffrey J Post, Gordian Fulde

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Abstract

When a young woman presents with fever, headache and photophobia, the emergency doctor suspects meningitis. The steps to diagnosis and treatment of this life-threatening emergency are outlined.

Article Extract

As a GP working in the local hospital emergency department, you may assess and treat adult patients presenting with headache and fever. An important differential diagnosis is bacterial meningitis, which is a life-threatening emergency requiring prompt administration of antibiotics. The steps to expediting diagnosis and treatment of meningitis are illustrated by the following case.

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