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Diagnostic dilemmas in bacterial meningitis
Rapid diagnosis and treatment of acute community-acquired bacterial meningitis reduces mortality and neurological sequelae, but can be delayed by atypical presentation, assessment of lumbar puncture safety, and poor sensitivity of standard diagnostic microbiology. The authors review the diagnostic dilemmas, with a focus on the roles of clinical assessment and cerebrospinal fluid examination. (Free registration required.)  Lancet, The (11/10)