What are the signs and symptoms of acute viral meningitis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Characteristic signs of acute viral meningitis include the following:

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Stiff neck

  • Photophobia

  • Drowsiness

  • Myalgias

  • Malaise

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Abdominal pain

  • Nausea and vomiting

Focal signs, seizures, and profound lethargy are rarely features of aseptic meningitis. Occasionally, patients may exhibit altered levels of consciousness, including confusion and visual hallucinations.

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