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How common is meningitis as a complication of malaria?

How common is meningitis as a complication of malaria?

Fairly rare: Malarial meningitis occurs when there is a heavy parasitic load and no or inadequate therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

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


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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

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

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What are the complications associated with meningitis?

What are the complications associated with meningitis?

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

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Are the complications of syphilitic aseptic meningitis?

Are the complications of syphilitic aseptic meningitis?

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

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What are the tests for preterm/neonatal complication - meningitis?

What are the tests for preterm/neonatal complication - meningitis?

Combination: There are tests such as brain echo, MRI, EEG. It may take time to observe developmental progress. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How can I check for long term complications from bacterial meningitis for young children?

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 are the complications of meningitis from disseminated gonococcal infection? Can you be fully recovered from it?

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

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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

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What are the complications of having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check for bacterial meningitis?

Many but rare: There are many potential side effects and some are serious but most are rare with the most common being a slight headache. These should be discussed with the individual performing the tap but the benefits usually outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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How likely is it that chronic sinusitis results in serious complications such as vision loss, meningitis, aneurysm/blood clot?

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

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What are the most common ways to get meningitis?

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

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Need expert help here. What are the most common symptoms of meningitis?

Stiff neck: Inability to forward flex your neck, fever, headache, chills, nausea sometimes pain involving the entire spine are a few of the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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I am traveling internationally. How common is meningitis in other countries?

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

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What long term effects of meningitis are common?

What long term effects of meningitis are common?

It depends: Long term effects differ depending on what caused the meningitis an how effective the treatment was. Complete recovery can and does happen. ...Read more

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How common is meningitis serogroup b compared to the other serogroups like a, c, and y?

In the USA: B and c were equally common prior to the use of the Meningococcal vaccine. Y third and a uncommon. ...Read more

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What is the common treatment for meningitis?

What is the common treatment for meningitis?

Depends on cause: Bacterial meningitis is treated with intravenous antibiotics. Fungal meningitis, such as cryptococcosis, is treated with antifungal drugs. Viral meningitis caused by enterovirus isn't treated. It gets better on its own. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

Not common: Fortunately it is not common and with the introduction of the vaccine it has become even less common. ...Read more

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