Review: Adjuvant corticosteroid therapy reduces death, hearing loss, and neurologic sequelae in bacterial meningitis: COMMENTARY

Morris, Andrew M.
March 2004
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 140 Issue 2, p34
Academic Journal
The article comments on the study conducted to analyze the efficacy of adjuvant corticosteroid therapy in reducing death, hearing loss, and neurologic sequelae in patients with acute bacterial meningitis (ABM). ABM remains one of the most catastrophic of infectious diseases. Victory against ABM requires the same strategies used against other life-threatening infectious diseases. Although recent vaccine developments against ABM have shifted the proportion of infections to adults in developed countries, ABM continues to threaten both children and adults in developing countries. A recent randomized controlled trial in a study showed that corticosteroids were beneficial in ABM.


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