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Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Not usually: Meningitis is an "irritation", "inflammation" or "infection" of the lining of the brain. Many things can cause it. Infectious agents include viruses, bacteria and parasites, but metastatic tumors, primary tumors and lymphomas can all cause meningitis. In fact, bleeding into this space, can cause irritation and hence meningitis.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
No: I can conjure a specific odd situation where it could, but meningitis is bacterial, common in kids with specific bacteria, and epidemically with mengococcus. There are also terminal phases of some malignancies where malignant cells infest the meninges and cause symptoms.

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