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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Fungal Meningitis (Definition)

The disease is characterized by acute neurologic dysfunction. Usually presents with chills, fever and neurologic symptoms such as change in mental status or confusion. This is all from fungal infection in the central nervous system. This is not as common as ...Read more


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When might I have fungal meningitis?

Fungal meningitis: You would only have this if immunosuppressed such as with HIV or medications that suppress the immune system such as in transplant patients. End stage cancer patients and other critically ill patients on strong IV antibiotics can also get this. If you have fungal meningitis you probably would not be able to write the email. ...Read more

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How do you treat fungal meningitis?

How do you treat fungal meningitis?

Antifungals: Fungal meningitis is rather uncommon in normal individuals. Most of the times seen in patients with AIDS and/ or spinal procedures. The treatment is usually iv/ po anti fungal directed at the specific fungal organism. ...Read more

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What number of deaths due fungal meningitis us?

Fungal meningitis: Fungal meningitis is a highly lethal disorder as to the number of the deaths within the US per year the best contact would be the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta GA ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fungal meningitis?

Bad infection.: The disease is characterized by acute neurologic dysfunction. Usually presents with chills, fever and neurologic symptoms such as change in mental status or confusion. This is all from fungal infection in the central nervous system. This is not as common as bacterial or viral meningitis. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for fungal meningitis?

What treatments are available for fungal meningitis?

Antifungal agents: There are a number of antifungal agents that are available
depends on organism - things like Amphotericin B - would defer this to infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is treatment for fungal meningitis?

Fungal meningitis: Fungal meningitis is treated with antibiotics, there are several specific antibiotics used depending on the type of fungus. ...Read more

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Does the symptom behavioral changes mean that I have fungal meningitis?

Does the symptom behavioral changes mean that I have fungal meningitis?

Unlikely: There are many, many more likely reasons to have behavioral changes. Furthermore, isolated behavioral changes would be an unusual presentation of meningitis. Fever, neck stiffness, intolerance of light, and lethargy can often be seen in meningitis. ...Read more

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When might my doctor seek additional help if I have fungal meningitis?

When might my doctor seek additional help if I have fungal meningitis?

Often: Fungal meningitis is a serious, life-threatening illness. Most physicians consult infectious disease specialists to assist in treating this illness. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral, bacterial, and fungal 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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I want to know what is the difference between viral, bacterial and fungal meningitis?

The cause: The difference refer to the different cause of the infection leading to meningitis. Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Infections are a common cause and the agent of the infection can be a bacterium, a virus or a fungus. ...Read more

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Will a CBC and C-reactive protein (CRP) be abnormal in bacterial or fungal meningitis?

Will a CBC and C-reactive protein (CRP) be abnormal in bacterial or fungal meningitis?

Why do you ask?: Neuther sensitive nor specific. Both are extremely serious considerations and if there is a reasonable concern, get a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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What does fungal meningitis look like? Does it appear in throat? What are the symptoms? Live on state where there was outbreak. Thank you!

What does fungal meningitis look like? Does it appear in throat? What are the symptoms? Live on state where there was outbreak. Thank you!

Fungal meningitis: There are several fungi that not infrequently cause meningitis. Among these are cryptococcus, coccidiodes, and rarely histoplasma and blastomyces. Without knowing whether you are referring to these or to the patients who received injections of contaminated steroids into their spinal column cannot answer your question very clearly. Meningitis has nothing to do with your throat directly. ...Read more

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What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

It depends: Fungal meningitis is bad stuff, tough to treat successfully, but usually deadly if not treated. Herpes encephalitis can cause severe disability and/or death and should be aggressively treated as early as possible. Other viral meningitis cases could potentially resolve successfully even without medication, and are often not even clearly diagnosed initially. ...Read more

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While in hospital a month ago my mom received several steroid shots. Now it's a fungal mengitis outbreak. Does this devolp quickly how do u know if u have it or at risk?

While in hospital a month ago my mom received several steroid shots. Now it's a fungal mengitis outbreak. Does this devolp quickly how do u know if u have it or at risk?

Check with hospital: The fungal infections emanated from a contaminated batch of a specially compounded steroid/analgesic preparation. Your hospital will know whether or not they purchased and used this particular compound.
If your mom is not ill now, it is very unlikely that she will become so. But never hurts to check. ...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?

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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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 do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S.?

Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S.?

See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age. ...Read more

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What will help treat meningitis?

Antibiotics: Meningitis is a serious life-threatening illness which usually requires hospitalization and close monitoring. Bacterial meningitis is treated with IV antibiotics along with other medications to help keep patients as comfortable as possible. ...Read more

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Does meningitis cause disability?

Meningitis/Disabilit: Yes it can cause several complications if treated late or not treated properly
all paptients with viral menengitis and 70to80% of patients with bacterial meningitis will recover completely.
The serious disabling complications are
brain damage
deafness
epilepsy
change in eye sight. ...Read more

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Can klebsiella cause a meningitis?

Yes: Klebsiella can cause meningitis, but it is not one of the more common causes. If you live in a developing country, such as east asia, it might be slightly more common. It can also be slightly more common in hospital-acquired cases. ...Read more

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How can people contract meningitis?

Close contact: For the most part, bacterial meningitis is believed to be spread via respiratory and throat secretions, through close and prolonged contact with someone who carries the bacteria. ...Read more

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How do you get exposed to meningitis?

How do you get exposed to meningitis?

Share time/space: If you share time and space with any person who carries the germs of meningitis, you have been exposed. The degree of exposure relates to the intamacy of the contact, & or the hygenic practices of the exposed (wash your hands). The exposure may be to a healthy person with no signs of illness. ...Read more

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Which strand of meningitis can strep b cause?

Strep B meningitis: Streptococcus b is the strand or cause of this type of meningitis. If an infection is proven by spinal fluid analysis, antibiotic treatment as soon as possible is indicated to lower the risk of complications. ...Read more

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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