Meningitis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Diagnoses to consider aside from meningitis include the following:

  • Noninfectious meningitis, including medication-induced meningeal inflammation

  • Meningeal carcinomatosis

  • Central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis

  • Stroke

  • Encephalitis

  • All causes of altered mental status and coma

  • Leptospirosis

  • Subdural empyema

Differential Diagnoses