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Bacterial meningitis

Current definition

March 2022

Bacterial meningitis

A definite diagnosis of bacterial meningitis by a consultant neurologist supported by cerebrospinal fluid changes consistent with bacterial meningitis.

For the above definition, the following is not covered:

  • all other forms of meningitis other than those caused by bacterial infection.
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We've removed "resulting in permanent symptoms".

 

Previous definitions

November 2015

Bacterial meningitis – resulting in permanent symptoms

A definite diagnosis of bacterial meningitis by a consultant neurologist resulting in permanent neurological deficit with persisting clinical symptoms.

For the above definition, the following is not covered:

  • all other forms of meningitis other than those caused by bacterial infection.