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Mollaret meningitis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign recurrent aseptic meningitis
  • Mollaret's meningitis
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Mollaret meningitis is a rare type of meningitis that is characterized by repeated episodes of fever, stiff neck (meningismus), muscle aches, and severe headaches separated by weeks or months of no symptoms.  About half of affected individuals may also experience long-term abnormalities of the nervous system that come and go, such as seizures, double vision, abnormal reflexes, some paralysis of a cranial nerve (paresis), hallucinations, or coma.  Mollaret meningitis is poorly understood and the exact cause remains unknown.  However, recent data suggests that herpes simplex virus (HSV-2 and, less frequently, HSV-1) may cause some, if not most cases. Other causes may include trauma and viral infections other than herpes simplex.[1][2]
Last updated: 3/19/2014


  1. Ramachandran TS. Aseptic meningitis: other types. eMedicine. March 2011; Accessed 2/7/2012.
  2. Types of Meningitis. Meningitis Foundation of America. 2012; Accessed 2/7/2012.
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