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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


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Can bacterial meningitis be treated?

Yes: Most are initially treated with several different antibiotics at high doses until lab data shows which med would do the best job acting alone. Early diagnosis & treatment permit the best outcome. There is a risk of complications in all which very with the type of germ & speed of detection and treatment. ...Read more

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How is bacterial meningitis diagnosed?

How is bacterial meningitis diagnosed?

Spinal tap: The best way is examination of the cerebrospinal fluid obtained by a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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How is bacterial meningitis transmitted?

Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include haemophilus influenzae (most often caused by type b, hib). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

What are symptoms of bacterial 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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How to tell if I have bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Inflammation accounts for some symptoms of bacterial meningitis such as headache, sensitivity to light, and neck stiffness. Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include difficulty thinking clearly, fever greater than 101*f, generalized aches and pains, irritability, loss of appetite, lethargy, rash, rapid heart beat, and seizure. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bacterial meningitis ?

Bacterial meningitis: The symptoms depend on the age of the patient. In children & babies they may not be able to tell us about their symptoms. They maye fever, vomitig lethargy or not feed well. Children however may be far progressed before their symptoms come to be noticed. If your child is not neuologically ame as routine & has fever you should have him/her be checked asap. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

What are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Headache Plus: Headache occurs in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Stiff neck occurs in at least 85% of people with meningitis fever and chills occur in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Vomiting occurs in about 35% of people with meningitis fear of bright lights (photophobia) confusion seizures history of a recent upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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Which the the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Which the the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Like the flu: Great question. Bacteria causesinflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can also lead to flu- symptoms such as headache, fever, malaise, nausea, and vomiting. Light sensitivity can also occur (photophobia). ...Read more

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Describe the features of bacterial meningitis.?

Describe the features of bacterial meningitis.?

Fever & headache: Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous, often life-threatening disease.It is an infection of the covering of the brain. Most have fever, malaise, headache, and pain when bending chin down to chest. Some patients have purple, blotchy rashes. If you susepct meninigits, go quickly to your closest emergency room. Fortunaely, some types are preventable with vaccines. ...Read more

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Bacterial meningitis and sleepness, what to do?

Be seen: I am not sure what you are asking. Has meningitis been diagnosed and treated and still sleepy? It is part of recovery. Sleepy and suspect meningitis- be seen now. Once recovering acupuncture and chinese medicine can help recovery. ...Read more

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Are there any other names for bacterial meningitis?

Are there any other names for bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: In the past, before doctors understood the infectious nature of meningitis it was often called brain fever. ...Read more

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What are the ways that bacterial meningitis is transmitted?

How you get meningit: The bacteria that cause meningitis can be transmitted by droplet infection, such as Meningococcal meningitis. Some by direct spread from an infected area such as an ear infection. Sepsis, a generalized infection in an immune compromised patient may spread to the brain. Penetrating wounds of the head may lead to meningitis. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis curable?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are available for treatment. The earlier treatment is started, the greater the possibility of cure without long term consequences. However, f treatment is delayed, the likelihood of significant neurologic damage increases. Death may occur if antibiotic treatment is delayed. Some bacteria are so virulent that they may cause death shortly after infection begins. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted. ...Read more

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Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis is contageous, the degree of which is relatively specific to the bacteria involved. A germ like meningococcus is easily passed in a brief exposure while tuberculusis is much harder to pass, requiring much longer exposure. ...Read more

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How does bacterial meningitis stop hearing?

Infects nerves: The hearing nerves can be damaged by the infection leading to deafness.It is , unfortunately not uncommon. ...Read more

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What are long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Brain damage: Hearing loss, alterations in a wide range of neurological functions can occur. These are predominantly due to inflammation of the sheath of blood vessels entering the brain through the subarachnoid space (which the meninges surround). With brain swelling, herniation of the brain stem can occur, usually fatally. The type of damage will depend upon which areas of brain are attacked. ...Read more

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Is it true that bacterial meningitis is contagious?

Some > than others: Some forms are much more worrisome than others. Meningococcal meningitis is quite contagious and close contacts are routinely given antibiotics to interrupt transmission. Pneumococcal meningitis contacts are not, since the germ is relatively common among normal individuals and it has not been found necessary. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Hearing loss, mental retardation, seizure, speech and language delay, visual impairment, behavioral problem. Early recognition, prompt antibiotic rx and supportive care reduces severity of long term complications. Less than 6 mo age, severe infection, seizure more than 4 days into therapy, coma, tend to have more long-term sequelae. Severe neuro-developmental sequelae in 10-20% and 50% have some. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Are there any long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Can be: Meningitis can have many long lasting effects. Bacterial infections in the brain (meningitis) can affect the parts of the body controlled by that part of the brain. Deafness, seizure, speech disorders and seizures can be a permanent effect of bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

Need Spinal test: You can diagnose meningitis clinically but this won't tell you if it is bacterial or viral. A spinal tap should be done to confirm the diagnosis and for treatment decisions. ...Read more

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Do doctors know of different kinds of bacterial meningitis?

Absolutely: There are multiple kinds of bacterial organisms that produce meningitis. ...Read more

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What do doctors do once they diagnose bacterial meningitis?

What do doctors do once they diagnose bacterial meningitis?

Antibiotics: Bacterial meningitis would always be treated with antibiotics. The initial antibiotics would be chosen to cover multiple different types of bacteria. However, if cultures from the spinal fluid grow a specific type of bacteria the treatment would be adjusted to target that organism. Depending on the severity of meningitis some patients may need rehabilitation. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more

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How long will bacterial meningitis germs stay on something?

Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human secretions is necessary to produce meningitis. The bacteria that commonly cause bacterial meningitis due not typically survive for a long period of time outside the human body. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of having bacterial meningitis?

What are the long-term effects of having bacterial meningitis?

Many possibilities: The long term effects of bacterial meningitis can vary from person to person and depend on many variables. Some possibilities can be death, hearing loss, significant brain injury. This illness can be devastating. ...Read more

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What are the differences between viral and bacterial meningitis?

What are the differences between viral and bacterial meningitis?

Different germs: Bacterial meningitis is bad and can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, . . ., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is so serious. ...Read more

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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


Bacteria (Definition)

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