Had bacterial meningitis- confirmed with LP and treated. Why is it that some recover and some die?

Luck/good docs. Some forms of bacterial meningitis are more aggressive & time sensitive than others which leaves a narrow window for recognition and treatment to be successful. Some patients have better individual response to germ invasion which slows the germ until meds kick in. If you have an aggressive germ and a poor immune system you are more likely to die, even when treatment is started quickly.

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How long could it take to die from bacterial meningitis?

Not long, just hours. Left untreated, bacterial meningitis is deadly, leading to death in hours to days. Even when treated appropriately, the risk of death still remains very high at 10%. Neurologic complications can occur despite the best of intentions.Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/meningitis/ds00118 & http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/meningitis/hic_bacterial_meningitis.Aspx for more information. Read more...