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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

Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Definition)

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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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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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Long term effects of spinal meningitis?

Long term effects of spinal meningitis?

Spinal meningitis: Long term effects of spinal meningitis are related to how severe the infection was to the patient. A mild or even moderate infection can leave no long term effects. In the more severe and prolonged cases of meningitis the effects can be potentially severe. Early and aggressive antibiotic therapy is key to reducing long term effects. ...Read more

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Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Yes: It's very rare, but infection in the mastoid can lead to infection of the brain covering or meningitis. True mastoiditis is exceedingly rare and often ct scans and MRI scans which show inflammation in the mastoids are incorrectly interpreted as "mastoiditis.". ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of spinal meningitis, and how fast can it kill you?

What are common symptoms of spinal meningitis, and how fast can it kill you?

Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. Depending on the patient's age, underlying illness and the specific organism death can occur within hours of onset, and in the case of chronic disease may be weeks or longer. ...Read more

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About spinal meningitis I am 33 years of age. I have had spinal meningitis 3 times in my life. Is that unusual to hear?

About spinal meningitis I am 33 years of age. I have had spinal meningitis 3 times in my life. Is that unusual to hear?

There : There are people who experience several episodes of meningitis. Meninigitis is inflammation of the meninges (the sac that covers the brain and spinal cord). Infection by virus or bacteria can cause this. Typically the very very bad type of meningitis that people die from is caused by a bacteria referred to as neisseria meningitidis. I'd venture to guess your meningitis episodes are caused by virus flares. There is a vaccine for meningitis....But it is typically used for infants (whose immune sysytem is still developing) and college students (due to the cramped/confined and gregarious habits they experience). ...Read more

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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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How can spinal meningitis affect older adults?

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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Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Depends: Meningitis means inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal column. When caused by infection transmission from person to person depends upon which organism is the causative agent. Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) may be highly communicable with close contact. Epidemics seen in institutions, military training camps, schools and within family units. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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Can spinal meningitis affect speech pattern or "give a person an unusual accent?"

Ues: Meningitis that progresses can cause meningoencephalitis. This' means it has spread from coverings of brain to brain itself including speech areas in your case. ...Read more

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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)

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