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Bacterial Meningitis In Infants Prognosis
Neonatal meningitis: Ecoli and group b streptococcus are the two most common causes of meningitis in infants. Women are now screened during pregnancy to see if they are carriers and if a women is screen positive she is give antibacterial agents during delivery to prevent infection in her baby and herself. Less commonly, staphylococcus, enterococcus & listeria occur. Neisseria meningitis (seen in adults) is rare.
Very good: Survival is not really the issue. Survival without permanent damage is the major goal. When meningitis is suspected, aggressive treatment is quite effective most of the time. However, many of these children will be left with permanent neurological problems. We are getting better at limiting these problems.
Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating. It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents. The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started.
Baby head is burning hot, but forehead n body pretty cool could this be bacterial meningitis, and he consantly hits himself in the head and bangs his?
More info needed: If you want us to render a diagnosis we at least have to have a temperature to go on. Touch and feel temperatures are meaningless.
No: Just like there is not a mild form of the black plague. A little poison is still poison.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include haemophilus influenzae (most often caused by type b, hib).See 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial Meningitis: Inflammation accounts for some symptoms of bacterial meningitis such as headache, sensitivity to light, and neck stiffness. Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include difficulty thinking clearly, fever greater than 101*f, generalized aches and pains, irritability, loss of appetite, lethargy, rash, rapid heart beat, and seizure.
Bacterial meningitis: The symptoms depend on the age of the patient. In children & babies they may not be able to tell us about their symptoms. They maye fever, vomitig lethargy or not feed well. Children however may be far progressed before their symptoms come to be noticed. If your child is not neuologically ame as routine & has fever you should have him/her be checked asap.
Headache Plus: Headache occurs in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Stiff neck occurs in at least 85% of people with meningitis fever and chills occur in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Vomiting occurs in about 35% of people with meningitis fear of bright lights (photophobia) confusion seizures history of a recent upper respiratory infection.
Like the flu: Great question. Bacteria causesinflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can also lead to flu- symptoms such as headache, fever, malaise, nausea, and vomiting. Light sensitivity can also occur (photophobia).See 1 more doctor answer
Fever & headache: Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous, often life-threatening disease. It is an infection of the covering of the brain. Most have fever, malaise, headache, and pain when bending chin down to chest. Some patients have purple, blotchy rashes. If you susepct meninigits, go quickly to your closest emergency room. Fortunaely, some types are preventable with vaccines.
How you get meningit: The bacteria that cause meningitis can be transmitted by droplet infection, such as Meningococcal meningitis. Some by direct spread from an infected area such as an ear infection. Sepsis, a generalized infection in an immune compromised patient may spread to the brain. Penetrating wounds of the head may lead to meningitis.See 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are available for treatment. The earlier treatment is started, the greater the possibility of cure without long term consequences. However, f treatment is delayed, the likelihood of significant neurologic damage increases. Death may occur if antibiotic treatment is delayed. Some bacteria are so virulent that they may cause death shortly after infection begins.See 1 more doctor answer
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