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Doctor insights on: Fungal Meningitis In Children

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When might I have fungal meningitis?

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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Dr. John Landi
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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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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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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