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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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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.


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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
124 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.


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How does bacterial meningitis disease spread?

How does bacterial meningitis disease spread?

Respiratory: Most cases are from infections of the respiratory tract. In infants it can be gastro-intestinal. Some come from genital infections (syphilis or gonorrhea). Bacteria get into the blood stream and go to the meninges. Sinus or teeth or ear infections may spread to the brain. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

Need Spinal test: You can diagnose meningitis clinically but this won't tell you if it is bacterial or viral. A spinal tap should be done to confirm the diagnosis and for treatment decisions. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more