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meningitis transmissibility? how transmissible is meningitis?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Which kind?: The answer depends on what kind of meningitis you are referring to: bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis, viral meningitis, parasitic meningitis & non-infectious meningitis. I’ll provide info for viral meningitis. The virus is spread person to person (fecal, respiratory secretions). However, just because you become infected with the virus doesn’t mean that you will actually develop meningitis.

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How do doctors diagnose meningitis?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Spinal Tap: Although, we often have a pretty good idea when examining a child, that they have meningitis, the only way to diagnose it is with a spinal tap. Xrays and blood tests are no help.
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What are the complications associated with meningitis?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Brain damage: Brain damage, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, mental retardation hydrocephalus and death are all complications of bacterial meningitis. That is why prevention with vaccination against hib, pneumococcus (prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine) and meningococcus (with the Menveo or Menactra vaccine) is so important.
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What causes meningitis?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Many things: Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The infection can be viral, bacterial or even fungal.
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What is meningitis?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Infection around the: Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The infection ban be bacterial, viral or fungal.
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What is the treatment for meningitis?

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Dr. Julia Lee
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Intravenous therapy: Meningitis is an infection of the tissues surrounding the brain. Bacterial meningitis is treated with intravenous antibiotics and sometimes additional medications to decrease any swelling around the brain. There are non-bacterial causes of meningitis. However, intravenous therapy is initiated for all suspected cases until laboratory results and other tests can confirm the cause.

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