Mollaret’s meningitis: 65 years of history
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Benign recurrent meningitis was first described by Pierre Mollaret in 1944 . It is characterized by greater than three episodes of fever, headache and meningismus lasting 2–5 days [2, 5]. We describe a case of a patient presenting with recurrent aseptic meningitis. The diagnosis was only ascertained after the 4th admission.
A 57-year-old woman presented to the emergency department (ED) for headache and nausea lasting 2 weeks. She had near-syncope, vomiting, chills, neck stiffness and dizziness, but denied any fever. The headache was progressive and bi-frontal. Her past medical history was significant for depression on sertraline, back pain, and previous episodes of meningitis found to be aseptic in nature. Also noted was a history of lupus erythematosus controlled with no ongoing therapy. The social history was negative for smoking, alcohol or drugs.
On admission, the vital signs were stable, there was no fever, and a complete physical examination was normal except for the...
KeywordsMeningitis Cerebral Spinal Fluid Aseptic Meningitis Lymphocytic Pleocytosis Recurrent Meningitis
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- 1.Mollaret P (1944) La meningiteendothelio-leukocytaire multi-recurrente. Rev Neurol Paris 76:57–67Google Scholar