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Chemical meningitis

Chemical meningitis is caused by some medicines or other chemical substances

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Causes include contrast agents used during X-rays or scans, and some medicines used to treat cancer

The facts

  • Chemical meningitis is said to be ‘sterile’ and is characterised by the absence of bacteria or other organisms in the cerebrospinal fluid
  • Chemical meningitis may resolve with little treatment, however, depending on the underlying cause, it may require steroid therapy to limit inflammation

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