Chapter 87. Acute, Recurrent, and Chronic Viral Meningitis

  1. Robert P. Lisak MD, FAAN, FRCP Parker Webber Chair Professor Chair Neurologist-in-Chief Chief3,4,
  2. Daniel D. Truong MD, FAAN Head5,
  3. William M. Carroll MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E) Head6 and
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD, FRCP Director7,8
  1. Larry E. Davis MD Chief Professor1,2

Published Online: 18 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch87

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

How to Cite

Davis, L. E. (2009) Acute, Recurrent, and Chronic Viral Meningitis, in International Neurology: A Clinical Approach (eds R. P. Lisak, D. D. Truong, W. M. Carroll and R. Bhidayasiri), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch87

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

  2. 4

    Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA

  3. 5

    The Parkinson and Movement Disorder Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, USA

  4. 6

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, Australia

  5. 7

    Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

  6. 8

    University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Neurology Service, New Mexico VA Health Care System, Albuquerque, NM, USA

  2. 2

    University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405157384

Online ISBN: 9781444317008



  • viral meningitis, most common infection of central nervous system (CNS);
  • chronic meningitis, persistence of clinical meningitis symptoms;
  • viral meningitis - common around the world;
  • humoral and cellular immune responses - effectively terminating viremias;
  • acute, recurrent and chronic viral meningitis;
  • viral meningitis, mild prodrome beginning few days before onset of headache;
  • chronic viral meningitis;
  • recurrent viral meningitis - being uncommon;
  • episodes of acute and recurrent herpes simplex meningitis - widely treated with anti HSV drugs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemiology

  • Pathophysiology

  • Clinical features

  • Differential diagnosis

  • Investigations

  • Treatment/management

  • Recovery and prognosis

  • Further reading