Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2006; 8(3):217-242
In this paper currently available data on the management, diagnosis and treatment of bacterial meningitis were discussed in accordance with the principles evidencebased medicine. The guideline represents data published through May 2004 in this field. The argumentation pro and contra using of diagnostic methods, timing of antimicrobial therapy and appropriateness of adjunctive therapy with corticosteroids were provided based on results of clinical trials and their quality. Modern antimicrobials and treatment regimens for bacterial meningitis in different age groups depending on presumptive or confirmed etiology were also discussed.