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how long does bacterial meningitis last

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Adler
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Bacterial meningitis: Acute bacterial meningitis usually presents within 24 hours of the start of infection due to the severity of symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics can ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Adler
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human s ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
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 ve ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Meningitis: If you actually have bacterial meningitis the rate of its progression depends upon the organism and the individual who gets it. With fast and effecti ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Doubt it: Think of your "carrier centers"-the nasal passages & upper airway/throat as a hotel. Germs check in, stay for a while & leave. Some, including ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Brain damage: Hearing loss, alterations in a wide range of neurological functions can occur. These are predominantly due to inflammation of the sheath of blood ves ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
41 years experience Pediatrics
Bacterial Meningitis: Hearing loss, mental retardation, seizure, speech and language delay, visual impairment, behavioral problem. Early recognition, prompt antibiotic rx ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Can be: Meningitis can have many long lasting effects. Bacterial infections in the brain (meningitis) can affect the parts of the body controlled by that pa ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Adler
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human s ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
Many possibilities: The long term effects of bacterial meningitis can vary from person to person and depend on many variables. Some possibilities can be death, hearing lo ... Read More
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