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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Spinal Meningitis

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Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Definition)

Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to ...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 are the tests for spinal meningitis?

What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

Spinal tap: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) will determine if there's meningitis and what the organism causing the infection is. ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of spinal meningitis?

What are the earliest symptoms of spinal meningitis?

Do you mean symptoms: Fever, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in thinking, level of consciousness, and so on. If you think you are getting meningitis go see a doctor asap instead of trying to diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Meningitis: Untreated there will be a very high mortality rate, but if treated, many patients will survive, but the mortality rate will depend upon the causative organism, the rapidity with which therapy is initiated, and the underlying age and health status of the person infected. ...Read more

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Could a 16 year of get deaf from spinal meningitis?

Could a 16 year of get deaf from spinal meningitis?

Possibly: This would be a rare complication of spinal meningitis. However the spinal meninges connect to the brain and therefore meningitis may effect the cranial nerves. ...Read more

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Can the symptom "stiff neck" of spinal meningitis go away?

Can the symptom "stiff neck" of spinal meningitis go away?

Spinal meningitis: Usually once the infection clears the symptoms of a stiff neck resolve but it can take some time as the infection irritates the membrane that goes around the spinal cord. ...Read more

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