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can an ear infection cause meningitis

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lundin
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Local spread : Ear infections can lead to abscess most commonly affecting the temporal lobe or if leading to meningitis can cause whole brain involvement. Depending ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
19 years experience Pediatrics
Possible: Ear infections, bacterial or viral could cause potentially cause meningitis. Basically any infection close to the brain could potentially spread to th ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely....: ...But possible. It is more likely, if the infection spreads beyond your ear, that it will go into the mastoid bone located right behind your ear. E ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hello, : Hello, does your neck hurt more when you try to flex your chin down toward your chest? Severe headache? Fever? In a small number of cases otitis medi ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: The germs that cause meningitis enter through the tissues in the nose, not the bone encased middle ear. It can happen if there is a rare perilymph fis ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Ear surgery : Uncomplicated case it's very quick but only your surgeon can answer more accurately.
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Fever? Stiff neck?: The symptoms aren't "normal", but are common with infections of the head, neck, & throat. (They could be viral, or strep. Please check w/ your ped ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Meningitis : Unlikely meningitis. Meningitis is usually viral or bacterial. Sensitivity to light, fever, chills, severe headache, and neck stiffness are classic si ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brendan Rice
17 years experience Family Medicine
Certainly can: An ear infection certainly can cause dizziness, though it is not the only possible cause. Dizziness, or vertigo, can occur from various conditions, so ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: The nerve that controls ear drum pain is a branch of the nerve supplying the teeth on the same side. There can be crossover pain where a tooth problem ... Read More
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