Meningitis Prognosis

Viral meningitis usually resolves in 7–10 days and is fatal in fewer than 1 percent of cases.

Patients with meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and patients younger than 2 years old or over the age of 60 have a poor prognosis. Bacterial meningitis is fatal in as many as 25 percent of cases. Prompt medical treatment (i.e., antibiotics) reduces the risk for dying from bacterial meningitis to less than 15 percent.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Dec 2001

Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015