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Risk of meningitis is higher in people treated with antimicrobials in previous year, study shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2197 (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2197
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

People who had an antimicrobial prescribed in the previous year showed an increased risk of meningitis in a case control study analysing data from a UK primary care clinical database.1

The development of meningitis is thought to involve micro-organisms in the nasopharynx crossing mucosal surfaces into the bloodstream and moving into the subarachnoid space. But it is …

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