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Why can spinal meningitis cause hearing loss?

Why can spinal meningitis cause hearing loss?

Cochlea damage: Sensorineural hearing loss develops during the earliest stages of meningitis. Permanent deafness is rare but 10% of patients have rapidly reversible cochlear dysfunction. This may progress to permanent deafness if not treated promptly. The cochlea is identified as the site of the lesion in both the permanent sensorineural and reversible impairments. ...Read more

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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I had spinal meningitis as a 2 month old baby. Would that cause residual problems now that I am 18 years?

I had spinal meningitis as a 2 month old baby. Would that cause residual problems now that I am 18 years?

Conceivable: Hearing loss, neurological sequelae, possible learning disorders, etc., depending upon whether there were areas of brain damage that were beyond repair. But this would be unusual. ...Read more

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What can be permanent damage caused by spinal meningitis?

What can be permanent damage caused by spinal meningitis?

Scarring: Scar tissue around nerves and brain which can cause extremity pain, back pain, cognitive deficits and seizures. ...Read more

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Can spinal meningitis at age 3 cause infertility in men? My husband has 0 sperm count. Bloodwork normal and physical exam normal.

Can spinal meningitis at age 3 cause infertility in men? My husband has 0 sperm count. Bloodwork normal and  physical exam normal.

Probably not: This depends of course on the causative agent of the meninigitis (?Mumps, coxsackie virus?, etc.) and whether was accompanied by orchitis (inflammation of the testes). It would be, however, quite unusual to result in aspermia even if it had been present. Hubbie needs to see endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery . Should spinal tap been given?

Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery . Should spinal tap been given?

No: a spinal tap may worsen the situation due to change in pressure gradient (usually there is some swelling with leaking avm's as free blood is an irritant) Gamma knife surgery makes sense. ...Read more

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Can overactive thyroid be a misdiagnosis of meningitis?

Can overactive thyroid be a misdiagnosis of meningitis?

Not likely: The findings are very different, and the pace of the disorders are also different. Meningitis is acute, associated with fever, neck stiffness, headache, perhaps delirium or coma, and is associated with an infection with abnormal spinal fluid. Thyroid disorders are more gradual, and, in absence of an unusually active thyroiditis, fairly easy for your doc to deal with. ...Read more

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How do you get spinal meningitis?

How do you get spinal meningitis?

Susceptable/exposed: A variety of germs that cause meningitis can be carried by healthy folks in their nose& throat & these folks never get ill. They can pass it on to their environment thru secretions or droplets of a sneeze. A susceptable person then acquires the germ and it invades their system, often thru the sensitive linings of the nasal passages.We're not sure why some get sick & some don't. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

Not common: Fortunately it is not common and with the introduction of the vaccine it has become even less common. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis very contagious?

Is spinal meningitis very contagious?

No: Viral meningitis is an unusual complication of a mild viral illness. Meningococcal meningitis causes epidemics in boot camps and college dorms, but the other bacterial meningitis family members aren't catching. ...Read more

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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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How can spinal meningitis affect older adults?

Dangerous: In the elderly, the flagrant fever, stiff neck, etc, may be relatively absent or minimal, and perhaps only the acute onset of confusion and disorientation, with headache, may be witnessed. However, as insidious as the presentation may be, a bacterial meningitis by even a bug such as listeria, can be deadly, without appropriate antibiotics. ...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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Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Bacterial especially: All forms of bacterial meningitis are dangerous, some moreso than others. By contrast most cases of viral meningitis lead to rather benign, self-limiting disease. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which 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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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more