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How Common Is Meningitis As A Complication Of Malaria
A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more
Do you consider bilateral infarcts in caudate, thalamus and left internal capsule a common complication after TB meningitis at age of 22. Is this severe damage? I know many patients who recovered full
Should improve: Age a big advantage and in spite of small strokes, which can be seen in multiple brain infections, should see steady and gradual improvements over next 12-18 months. The brain does have capacity to cope, recover, and establish alternative pathways. ...Read more
Depends!: Mild viral meningitis may be a short illness, bacterial meningitis is fatal in a few days if untreated we also have fungal and tuberculous forms the complications depend on the age of the patient, the severity of the illness and the speed of diagnosis and treatment mild to severe neurological deficits can occur. ...Read more
Many: Syphilis can eventually result in an inflamatory immune process in the brain some 10-20 years after primary infection. Occuring in about 15% of untreated cases, it can lead to coordination difficulties, paralysis, numbness, blindness and dementia. The damage may be serious enough to cause death. Various folks have suggested hitler showed signs of the problem in his final days as well as some gangsters. ...Read more
What are the complications of meningitis from disseminated gonococcal infection? Can you be fully recovered from it?
Same as others: Disseminated gonococcal infection is an exceedingly rare cause of meningitis; I doubt there are more than 1-2 cases a year in all of North America. The complications would be the same as any other kind of bacterial meningitis: paralysis, blindness, deafness, coma, and others. However, recovery is complete the large majority of all bacterial meningitis ...Read more
What are the complications of lumbar tap? If I suspect that I have meningitis, is lumbar tap something that can be readily requested to be done?
Almost none: Lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") is very safe. The most common complication is headache in the following days, and this usually goes away by just resting a couple of days. The danger of meningitis is far higher than any LP problem. However, nobody should have LP just because he or she suspects s/he has me meningitis. That's something for your doctor to determine before doing an LP. ...Read more
FOLLOW UP NEUROLOGY:
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
I had bacterial meningitis as a child, was in a coma for a few days. What are long term complications of this disease?
Should be apparent: Bacterial meningitis has the nasty tendency to produce a specific set of problems depending on how soon it was detected & how effective it was treated. Hearing loss was common, brain abscesses can lead to seizures & or movement problems (cp), learning disabilities & the like. As an adult, you either have some of these issues or not. They would have been apparent by school age at the latest. ...Read more
The doctor didn't work with my bro, the nurse gave him a second meningitis shot even though he already got one in 2013, what complications can come up?
Probably nothing: If nothing has happened so far nothing much is likely to happen ...Read more
What are the complications of having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check for bacterial meningitis?
How likely is it that chronic sinusitis results in serious complications such as vision loss, meningitis, aneurysm/blood clot?
Pretty rare, BUT: Lots of folks have chronic sinus problems, but most of the time, localized misery over nasal areas, and occasional postnasal drip with secondary coughing. If an acute infection supervened and was not treated, this could eventuate in secondary complications such as cavernous sinus thrombosis, but such complications are very rare. Suggest you see otolaryngologist to assess treatment. ...Read more
AIRBORNE BY SECRETIO:
There are three kind of meningitis 1viral2bacterial3fungal
most common are viral which are transmitted by direct airborne change of secretions by coughing and sneezing
bacterial can be contacted by skull fractures, acute or chronic sinusitis or otitis media.It can also occur with septicemia with positive blood cultures
in immune compromised patiens cryptococcus which is funfus rare mengitis. ...Read more
Common parts Africa: Meningits is increased in parts of africa. The 'meningitis belt' runs east to west along the african equator. The disease is spread from person to person, so visitors to these regions should get the quadrivalent meningitis vaccine prior to travel. Review your itinerary with your travel medicine specialist. Pregnant travelers can be vaccinated against meningitis if travel cannot be postponed. ...Read more
Not common at all: I'm not sure if there is such a thing although sometimes meningitis caused by a fungus, TB, AVI, or EBV, in patients with AIDS can be chronic. The only way to diagnose meningitis is with a lumbar puncture (spinal tap). If you think you have meningitis but haven't had an LP then you're mistaken. If you had one then your provider should have identified the culprit and would be treating you. ...Read more
In the USA: B and c were equally common prior to the use of the Meningococcal vaccine. Y third and a uncommon. ...Read more
Not common: Fortunately it is not common and with the introduction of the vaccine it has become even less common. ...Read more
Uncommon: It's very uncommon, but it can happen. ...Read more
Not first-line: Homeopathy would not be first-line treatment for meningitis in the us. It is a very dangerous illness, and can lead to death if not evaluated and treated rapidly with antibiotics and other supports. Still, there are 400 or so homeopathic medicines which could be and have been useful -- including belladonna, cicuta, and natrum sulphuricum. Often these are useful in long-term recovery. ...Read more
Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. Depending on the patient's age, underlying illness and the specific organism death can occur within hours of onset, and in the case of chronic disease may be weeks or longer. ...Read more
Yes: The word "septicemia' means blood infection and joint involvement is not unusual. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with uctd. I've had two bouts of aseptic meningitis. Is that common with this illness?
No: In my experience the majority of patients thought to have uctd actually turn out to have lupus. I question whether the disorder actually exists. However, aseptic meningitis is an uncommon complication of lupus and therefore uctd. ...Read more
Not normal: It's not normal and is most likely not related to the injections. ...Read more
How common/rare is it for an infection in the sinuses to go into bloodstream causing bacteremia/meningitis?
Rare if ever: I treat hundreds of sinus infections every year and have as yet to have one change into meningitis/sepsis. Germs that cause these severe infections can enter through the nose, but their transition to severe disease occurs within hours of that entry. Sinus infections are often symptomatic for a week or so before diagnosis. ...Read more