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IDSA Guidelines for Ventriculitis and Meningitis

Clin Infect Dis; ePub 2017 Feb 14; Tunkel, et al

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has issued clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis. The guidelines include numerous clinical recommendations, and stress a team care approach in the diagnosis and treatment of these neurological infections as it relates to the placement of devices in the brain or as the result of head trauma. The guidelines also discuss and provide recommendations for:

  • Typical symptoms and signs in patients with healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis and parameters that should be considered in patients who have cerebrospinal fluid shunts and drains or other devices, or have undergone neurosurgery or suffered from head trauma.
  • When patients with suspected ventriculitis or meningitis may be started on appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
  • Preventive measures for these infections, including the use of prophylactic antibiotics during placement of devices.


Tunkel AR, Hasbun R, Bhimraj A, et al. 2017 Infectious Diseases Society of America’s clinical practice guidelines for healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis. [Published online ahead of print February 14, 2017]. Clin Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/cid/ciw861.