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do you always have a fever with meningitis

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
19 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Not always: There are different types of meningitis, and they don't always present the same way. In bacterial meningitis, one study reported fever in 95% of pati ... Read More

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Meningitis: There may not be fever with meningitis. Usually nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, photo and phonophobia, changes in mentation and other neurologic abnorma ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcelo Laufer
31 years experience Pediatric Infectious Disease
Unusual: Most meningitis present with fever, neck pain, stiff neck.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Difficult question.: Meningitis can be due to a virus, a bacteria, or some other disease processes, not all of which include fever as a symptom. Some people don't have a ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Meningitis: At your age, not necessarily. Children & young adults would show fever.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Meningitis: This might happen, but very unlikely. Your wife undoubtedly does NOT hve "all the symptoms" of meningitis, which for severe cases includes nasuea, vom ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Meningitis/encephali: No. Fever is not an invariable sign or symptom of either meningitis or encephalitis.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Definitely!: Meningitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses or other agents that can cause inflammation of the layer surrounding your central nervous system called ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: But don't get panicked- get yourself to the emegency department now so you can be evaluated. Given the timing of symptoms and the fact you are not con ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Possibly: I can remember one 8 yo kid that arrived in a coma with low body temperature, low blood pressure & died within hours of Meningococcal meningitis/sepsi ... Read More
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