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Infect Chemother. 2012 Jun;44(3):140-163. Korean.
Published online June 30, 2012.
Copyright © 2012 by The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases and Korean Society for Chemotherapy
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Bacterial Meningitis in Adults in Korea
The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases The Korean Society for Chemotherapy The Korean Neurological Association The Korean Neurosurgical Society and The Korean Society of Clinical Microbiology

Correspondence to the Committee of the Korean Society for Chemotherapy for Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines of Central Nervous System Infections. The Korean Society for AIDS, Asterium g1203, Maezllan 21, Samseong-dong 158-10, Kangnam-gu, Seoul 135-880, Korea. Tel: +82-2-557-1755, Fax: +82-2-6499-1755, Email:

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Successful treatment of bacterial meningitis in adults requires a rapid and accurate etiologic diagnosis, appropriate empirical therapy, and adjunctive treatment. Etiology and antimicrobial susceptibility of major pathogens of meningitis can differ by country. Ideal clinical practice guidelines for the management of bacterial meningitis in Korea should be based on studies conducted in Korea. We developed clinical practice guidelines for the management of bacterial meningitis in adults in Korea by adaptation of existing foreign guidelines. These guidelines were developed by the joint committee of the Korean Society for Chemotherapy, the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases, the Korean Neurological Association, the Korean Neurosurgical Society, and the Korean Society of Clinical Microbiology.

Keywords: Practice guideline; Meningitis; Adult


Table 1
Strength of Recommendation and Quality of Evidence
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Indications of Imaging of the Brain Prior to Lumbar Puncture
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Comparison of Cerebrospinal Fluid findings of Meningitis
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Antibiotics Recommended for Empirical Therapy in Patients with Suspected Bacterial Meningitis
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Recommendations for Specific Antimicrobial Therapy in Bacterial Meningitis based on Isolated Microorganism and Susceptibility Test
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Duration of Antimicrobial Therapy for Bacterial Meningitis based on the Isolated Pathogen
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