AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: Overall, corticosteroids significantly reduced rates of mortality, severe hearing loss and neurological sequelae. In adults with community-acquired bacterial meningitis, corticosteroid therapy should be administered in conjunction with the first antibiotic dose.
Just a comment added to point out that in this case the disease is a proven verified bacteria in the brain.
TO get cured the person needs antibiotics as well as steroids, but note that steroids are very beneficial, so much so that it is recommended they always be included with treatment. Brains are sensitive to inflammation and seem to over react with dangerous levels of inflammation when they are injured.
In fact if a person had steroids but no antibiotics they'd probably seem a lot better at least in the short term....
It is also true that in the case of spinal cord injury and stroke, two different kinds of brain injury that result in permanent disability, controlling some of the inflammation with steroids improves outcomes. Once again we see that the damage to the brain is accompanied by overactive inflammation that needs controlling with steroids even though we know the brain damage in those cases is NOT autoimmune but rather caused by a verifiable trauma we understand very well.
this is why knowing that steroids or things that suppress immunity seem to work in the short term does NOT prove MS is autoimmune. All it proves is that there is an inflammatory component that can be impacted and improved with steroids....just like meningitis, spinal cord injury and stroke.
So if CCSVI exists and we get damage to brain tissue, is it really surprising that steroids or immune suppression seems to help, at least in the short term?