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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Meningitis Brain Infection

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

Good chance: Depending on the severity of the meningitis, I have found that most of my patients do very well, and have a full, or near full recovery. Occasionally, there are cases that leave behind scars that can lead to seizures, or brain injury. However, this is best answered by the neurologist or neurosurgeon that was involved with the specific case, since there can be many factors relating to outcome. ...Read more

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Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Not reliable: If you're having symptoms of meningitis or heart disease (palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath), the sed rate is utterly worthless as a way of ruling out disease and even a normal CBC proves nothing. I'm a lab physician and want to reassure you -- the key question is not "What's my ESR? " but "How do I FEEL? " ...Read more

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What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

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 on the bacteria type certain nerve (ie hearing nerves) may be affected more than others. ...Read more

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Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?

Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?

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. Even this, though, won't happen most of the time. Ear infections are treated to reduce pain and protect hearing. ...Read more

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Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture, or lp, is the best and most sensitive way to diagnose meningitis. Ct scans do not always show evidence of CNS infections. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Not usually: Ct of brain and spine usually does not play role in diagnosis of viral process. Some clinicians obtain ct prior to spinal tap as precaution, to exclude increased intracranial pressure. This probably is overkill in the usage of ct. ...Read more

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Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

no: Ganciclovir, foscarnet, Cidofovir remain only fda approved treatment. ...Read more

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Can flu mist nasal spray cause meningitis, encephalitis or death?

Can flu mist nasal spray cause meningitis, encephalitis or death?

Unlikely: No deaths have been reported with nasal vaccine. In large series there were no severe side effects. There are few reports of meningitis and even fewer of encephalitis that were reported after introduction of the vaccine. These complications are listed in the package insert and the fda web site. Considering the huge number of children and adults vaccinated, these complications are unlikely. ...Read more

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What is the difference between meningitis and encephalitis?

What is the difference between meningitis and encephalitis?

Location, location: The meninges is a thick set of membranes that cover the brain. There is fluid within these membranes that can become infected. There may be some spread into vessels that go into the brain. The encephalon is the brain cells. If infection affects the meninges it is meningitis. If the infection gets into brain cells, it is encephalitis. ...Read more

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I have pain at base of head, scared about meningitis, would you have a fever with meningitis or encephalitis?

I have pain at base of head, scared about meningitis, would you have a fever with meningitis or encephalitis?

Meningitis: There may not be fever with meningitis. Usually nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, photo and phonophobia, changes in mentation and other neurologic abnormalities. If you are seriously ill this is not the way to obtain a diagnosis and treatment. Go to an er and get seen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have meningitis or encephalitis with no fever or vomiting?

Is it possible to have meningitis or encephalitis with no fever or vomiting?

Yes: This is not the typical presentation, but meningitis could present with listlessness and altered mental state without fever and vomiting. The key here is ill appearance in a patient who does not improve their mental state with a dose of motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Somewhat: The biggest issue is more the medicines you take to control your autoimmune disease. They suppress your immune system to keep your body from attacking itself. However, it also prevents your immune system from attacking an invading infection and so in that way would make you more susceptible to these infections. ...Read more

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Viral encephalitis vs meningitis which is more serious nd fatal and which can be cured to a good level after it happens? Usual recovery time?

CNS infection: This is dependent on the causative agents, the time therapy is begun, the immune status of the person infected, the therapy available and other factors. There is not a simple answer to this question. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more