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Can you have bacterial meningitis without having a fever?

Can you have bacterial meningitis without having a fever?

Highly unlikely: The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, head ache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures. Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis . It would be very unusual to have bacterial meningitis without a fever. This would only occur in the very elderly or the severely immunosuppressed. ...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


Can you have bacterial meningitis without fever?

Possibly: I can remember one 8 yo kid that arrived in a coma with low body temperature, low blood pressure & died within hours of Meningococcal meningitis/sepsis. He also showed no increased in white count or other sign of an immune response. That was the exception to the usual presentation with fever, irritability etc for hundreds of cases i treated.Beware the always/never idea for anything. ...Read more


With bacterial meningitis is a high fever above 103 always present. Being flu season could sore/stiff neck+headache but no real fever just be the flu?

Possibly: It is possible that your symptoms are all related to the flu. With the flu, you can have headaches and body aches. But if your headache is severe and you have a stuff neck it would be good to get checked out. Meningitis is a serious infection, and it's not the kind of thing that you'd want to 'wait it out' with. ...Read more


Can someone have bacterial meningitis without debilitating synptoms? And not know it, or do u always know u have it because of terrible synptoms?

Tuberculosis: Tubercular meningitis, even though bacterial, does not have the same severe symptoms, at least at the outset, as other bacterial infection, such as Meningococcal infection do. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some ...Read more