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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...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


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What can cause bulging fontanel except meningitis?

Meningitis: Anything causing an increase in the pressure within the skull, such as swelling of the brain, can cause bulging fontanels in infants. ...Read more

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With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

Not enough info: None of the symptoms you describe suggest meningitis. However, if you do have a severely stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fevers and/or mental status changes, go to the er immediately. ...Read more

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Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine. What is it?

Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine.  What is it?

See below: Hard to fully answer based on information provided, but my thought is the likelihood of a swollen lymph node in neck area, but would also consider sebaceous cyst, unrelated to the meningitis, Needs to be examined directly by your doctor. ...Read more

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What type of meningitis causes you to break out into spots that look like bruises?

What type of meningitis causes you to break out into spots that look like bruises?

Any bacterial ones: Any bacterial meningitis associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation can present with "bruise, " actually coalesced petechia and purpura. Meningococcemia with meningitis is a good example. ...Read more

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I had chicken pocks when i wad younger. I'm 18 and have lots of spots on my arms and back which is abnormal for me. Could it be meningitis or sepsis?

I had chicken pocks when i wad younger. I'm 18 and have lots of spots on my arms and back which is abnormal for me. Could it be meningitis or sepsis?

Spots: If you had sepsis or meningitis you would be very sick. Since you dont give us a description of the spots it is difficult to say what the cause of the spots are. It could be anything from a fungal infection to a bacterial skin infection. ...Read more

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