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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

Local spread : Ear infections can lead to abscess most commonly affecting the temporal lobe or if leading to meningitis can cause whole brain involvement. Depending on the bacteria type certain nerve (ie hearing nerves) may be affected more than others. ...Read more

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Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Not reliable: If you're having symptoms of meningitis or heart disease (palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath), the sed rate is utterly worthless as a way of ruling out disease and even a normal CBC proves nothing. I'm a lab physician and want to reassure you -- the key question is not "What's my ESR?" but "How do I FEEL?" ...Read more

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Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture, or lp, is the best and most sensitive way to diagnose meningitis. Ct scans do not always show evidence of CNS infections. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Not usually: Ct of brain and spine usually does not play role in diagnosis of viral process. Some clinicians obtain ct prior to spinal tap as precaution, to exclude increased intracranial pressure. This probably is overkill in the usage of ct. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Yes but...: Any ear infection can theoretically spread to the brain and result in meningitis or brain abscess and with a worst case scenario result in death. But, this is really unusual. In 20+ years of practice I have seen less than a handful of ear infections that have spread to the brain and none of those patients died. ...Read more

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I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

Possible: Long before there were antibiotics ear infections commonly resolved with the ear drum bursting and the healing. In acute ear infection, withain and hearing loss, treatment with oral antibiotics, usually clears infection before ear drum would perforate or burst. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

Drainage: A ruptured ear drum due to otitis media will cause a bloody or purulent discharge. Ear infection without drainage can result in fluid trapped in middle ear and hearing lost. ...Read more

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My gf has impacted wax. she also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst. she had many ear infections and tubes as a child ?

My gf has impacted wax. she also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst.  she had many ear infections and tubes as a child ?

Common problem: Impacted wax can be dissolved by drops available over the counter at most supermarkets or pharmacies. W hen these are too slow, the wax can be removed under direct vision by an ENT. I have also cleaned this out using a water pic, and this does not "rupture" the drum. She can either get this fixed or deal with the poor hearing.Her choice. ...Read more

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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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more