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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
126 Doctors shared insights

Bacterial Meningitis (Overview)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some survivors with significant sequelae.


Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Are there official recommendations for treating bacterial meningitis?

Are there official recommendations for treating bacterial meningitis?

Yes: They vary by age of patient and severity of illness, but they always include antibiotics, almost always a spinal tap, and sometimes steroids.

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
126 Doctors shared insights

Bacterial Meningitis (Overview)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some survivors with significant sequelae.


Dr. Kevin Daus Dr. Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Dr. Cindy Juster Dr. Juster
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with bacterial meningitis?

I'm concerned. What symptoms go with bacterial meningitis?

Please see below.: Symptoms of meningitis (bacterial or viral) include severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and fever. If you think you may have meningitis, please get checked by your doctor or the er now.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

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 effective treatment your chances of fully recovery are good. Without treatment, time to death is again variable.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are significant signs of acute bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, alterations in sensorium, neurological deficits, and so on.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

You don't: You can suspect it, but can't confirm it without the spinal tap results.

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Dr. Tammi Schlichtemeier Dr. Schlichtemeier
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What tests confirm bacterial meningitis?

What tests confirm bacterial meningitis?

Spinal fluid culture: To diagnose bacterial meningitis, typically, a spinal tap is done to remove a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. The fluid is tested for the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, protien, and glucose. Then the fluid is cultured for bacteria which can take up to 3 to 4 days for results. It may also be cultured for viruses and that can take 7 day.

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Can you have bacterial meningitis without having a fever?

Can you have bacterial meningitis without having a fever?

Highly unlikely: The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, head ache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures. Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis. It would be very unusual to have bacterial meningitis without a fever. This would only occur in the very elderly or the severely immunosuppressed.

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Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What can they mean by brain/severe brain damage that can be caused by bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis: Meningitis can cause damage to the brain by causing an increase in intracranial pressure (compresses the brain) or by other factors. In severe cases or if untreated in a timely fashion, it can result is a number of complications. When the complications are irreversible and the resultant impairment significant, it is considered serious. In severe cases paralysis or death can ensue.

Dr. Christopher Abel Dr. Abel
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What does it mean when a case of “bacterial meningitis” is reported? Do other people in the community face any special risks?

Depends: Depends on which bacteria is causing the meningitis. Typically exposure is most concerning for those who have been in close contact with the patient. If there is a need for any prophylaxis that will be handled by your physician or the local health department.

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae Dr. Waghmarae
Pain Management
35 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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Is there no any therapy to treat or to minimize the after effects left by bacterial meningitis? Like some cognition problem, clumsiness, mood swings...

Is there no any therapy to treat or to minimize the after effects left by bacterial meningitis? Like some cognition problem, clumsiness, mood swings...

Mennigitis: Yes there is therapy usually done through a neuropsychologist. Check with a neuro-rehab facility they should be able to direct you.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How is bacterial meningitis treated?

How is bacterial meningitis treated?

Antibiotics: Usually with high doses of intravenous antibiotics, sometimes accompanied by steroids.

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Dr. Mohammad Khan Dr. Khan
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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I'm on 7th day of bacterial meningitis treatment with antibiotics, but still having strong headache and waking up with nausea and vomiting, normal?

I'm on 7th day of bacterial meningitis treatment with antibiotics, but still having strong headache and waking up with nausea and vomiting, normal?

May not be normal: Some time there is collection of fluid around brain membranes after bacterial meningitis which increases pressure inside the skull resulting in nausea, vomiting and headache, please consult again with your doctor to discuss this possible complication

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What are treatments for bacterial meningitis?

TREATMENT/MENINGITIS: Appropriate antibiotics based on blood and cerebrospinal fluid cultires and sensitivities is the treatment but treatment should not wait till the culture results are avalable so if you suspect meningitis start the broader coveragetill results are ready supportive care IV fluids and maitain vital functions, bp, respiration, hydration etc.

Dr. Gregory Mosolf Dr. Mosolf
Pediatrics
20 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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How long does it take to cure bacterial meningitis once antibiotics start?

How long does it take to cure bacterial meningitis once antibiotics start?

Ten days: Assuming you caught it early and are on the correct antibiotic then the patient is cured after 10 to 14 days. If it is a particularly bad bacteria or if antibiotics started too late then healing may take months. Permanent hearing loss or other brain injury can occur.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Is there a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis?

Is there a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis?

Yes: There are several vaccines to prevent bacterial meningitis, including pneumoccal bacteria vaccine, meningcoccal vaccine, and h influenza are examples of vaccines that have been shown to reduce the likelyhood of acquiring mbacterial meningitis.

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can bacterial meningitis be treated?

Yes: Most are initially treated with several different antibiotics at high doses until lab data shows which med would do the best job acting alone. Early diagnosis & treatment permit the best outcome. There is a risk of complications in all which very with the type of germ & speed of detection and treatment.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How is bacterial meningitis treated?

Antibiotics: Usually with high doses of intravenous antibiotics, sometimes accompanied by steroids.

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Dr. William Singer
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