Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Part II: PDF OnlyPediatric Bacterial MeningitisChuirazzi, David M. MD, FACEP1; Dana, Adrian MD2Author Information 1Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, Allegheny Campus, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2Director, Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, DeVos Children's Hospital at Butterworth, Grand Rapids, Michigan Topics in Emergency Medicine: September 1996 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 41-48 Buy Abstract Pediatric bacterial meningitis remains a serious disease with a high rate of morbidity and mortality despite recent medical advancements. Studies of the development of cerebral edema have led to a pathophysiologic rationale for the early use of steroids. In addition, the development of conjugated vaccines has changed the epidemiologic landscape of meningitis in children younger than 5 years of age. The article summarizes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of community-acquired meningitis in immunocompetent children. © 1996 Aspen Publishers, Inc.