This scenario makes me very uncomfortable. I would say bite the bullet -
if you believe that is viral meningitis then he can home without
antibiotics. But if you believe the risk for bacterial meningitis is
high enough to warrant ceftriaxone - then I would argueits high enough
to justify the admission.
David F. Soglin, M.D.
Chairman, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Cook County Children's Hospital
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