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Why is there a hypersecretion of ADH with children with meningitis?

Why is there a hypersecretion of ADH with children with meningitis?

Not a clear answer: From amini and schmidt, who looked at ADH secretion after spine surgery, "the mechanism by which CNS disorders cause SIADH is not well understood. Most authors hypothesize that injury to the CNS disrupts or alters the osmoregulation of ADH release by the neurohypophysis, stimulating inappropriate release of adh.". ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated ...Read more


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Are there any cases of children getting haemophilus meningitis anymore?

Are there any cases of children getting haemophilus meningitis anymore?

Yes: Hib meningitis is a vaccine-preventable disease. Children who are not fully immunized for hib are still at risk and do continue to catch this life-threatening illness. Make sure your child has had a full series of hib vaccine. ...Read more

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37 year old women with three small children, I never had the meningitis vaccine before college (somehow I fell through the loop hole) do I need one?

37 year old women with three small children, I never had the meningitis vaccine before college (somehow I fell through the loop hole) do I need one?

It's your call: You are not in a high-risk group for meningitis. Typically high school and college students are targeted for vaccination because they spend time in close quarters such as dorms, buses, gyms and locker rooms, etc. and when there is an outbreak many people may be affected before infection is detected or controlled. Your risk is not great but if you wish to be cautious, go for it--See your PCP! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis in young children?

What are the symptoms of meningitis in young children?

What age?: This will differ according to the age of the child. Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities. In preverbal children there may be listlessness, failure to feed, difficult in arousal, irritability, and other non-specific manifestations. ...Read more

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Does meningitis effect children or elderly worse than adults?

Does meningitis effect children or elderly worse than adults?

Yes: Due to an immature or suppressed immune system these age ranges are more at risk. This is yet another reason to make sure we are all fully immunized, becasue a lot of shots target pathogens that cause meningitis. ...Read more

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How to prevent meningitis in infants/children?

How to prevent meningitis in infants/children?

Vaccination: Vaccination has proven the most effective way of prevention of bacterial meningitis caused by hemophilus inluenzae ; strep pneumoniae meningococcal meningitis is very sporadic, and routine immunization against it is not currently recommended for young children under age 11. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis in children considered very serious?

Is bacterial meningitis in children considered very serious?

Very serious...: Bacterial meningitis is a very serious infection. Factors that improve outcome depend on which bacteria is causing the infection and how sensitive it is to antibiotics. The earlier a diagnosis can be made and the proper antibiotics and supportive treatment can be given, the better the child will do. Many children do survive meningitis with no long term problems, but some do not. ...Read more

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Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more