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Why is there a hypersecretion of ADH (vasopressin) with children with meningitis?

Why is there a hypersecretion of ADH (vasopressin) with children with meningitis?

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

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Meningitis (Definition)

Infection and inflammation of the membranes lining the brain and spinal cord. Can be caused by viruses, ...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?

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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?

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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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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

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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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Can there be some vaccination to protect our childern from meningitis.?

Can there be some vaccination to protect our childern from meningitis.?

Several available: The hib vaccine has been widely used since the 90's to prevent hemophyllis meningitis.The pneumococcal vaccine has been in wide use since 2000 and the Meningococcal since 2005. These aid in preventing some forms of meningitis, but there are others and vaccination does not provide 100% protection against them all. ...Read more

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Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

The classic stiff: Neck, arched back, lethargy, irritability and high fever, often after a respiratory infection (pneumonia) or especially ear infection. Once started, head ache, vomiting are also part of the symotims from blocked ventricles and elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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How can I check for long term complications from bacterial meningitis for young children?

FOLLOW UP NEUROLOGY: Neurology appt some residual neurologic damage may persist for life, young brains recover better than old brains. Most viral meningitis leave no residual disease , but bacterial meningitis produce more inflammatory reaction and more tissue damage, hence most likely to cause residual (hearing and cognitive )occacionaly behavior like adhd. ...Read more

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What would experts say about antibiotic therapy for meningitis in children?

It depends: It depends on the the type of meningitis. There are several different types of bacterial meningitis and they require different antibiotics. There are also viral types of meningitis and they are usually not treated with antibiotics. ...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 is meningitis?

Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection of the brain and the dura, a membrane that covers the brain. The typical symptoms associated with meningitis are fever, altered mental status (confusion) and lethargy - it is a serious problem and needs urgent treatment. ...Read more

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What is meningitis ?

InflammationOfMening: Inflammation of the meninges caused by Virral, Bacterial,fungal&Parasitic infection of the protective membrane covering the brain&spinal chord collectively known as Meninges. It can be life threatening&is a medical emergency. It presents with fever,headcahe,neck stiffness,confusion.Infection begins elsewhere in body&spreads to meninges.Can be fatal if not treated quicklyCan leadTOdeath&BrainDamage ...Read more

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Can children with progeria get alzheimer's as kids?

Can children with progeria get alzheimer's as kids?

No: Progeria is completely different disease and people with progeria do not develop changes in their brain indicating Alzheimer's disease. ...Read more