Mollaret's Meningitis Association For a world free of Mollaret's Meningitis

Information For Doctors

It is important for physicians to know that:

  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV) 1 - 2 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is not always positive, particularly if done more than 3-4 days after onset of acute illness.
  • Duration of recurrent meningeal signs / symptoms can be variable.
  • Pain management is an important component of treatment since meningitis can be extremely painful for patients.

– James J. Sejvar, M.D., Neuroepidemiologist, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology and Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention