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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Stiff neck, headache that is making me nauseous, cough, sneezing. i have had viral meningitis before as have my 2 children and grandson. should i be c?
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
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
Could my children catch pasteurella multocida from broken skin on my hand if I have caught the infection from dog saliva? Worried about 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers