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Dr. Willam Lau Dr. Lau
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
6 years in practice
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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.

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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


Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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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.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

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Dr. Roberto Estrada Dr. Estrada
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Tipu Sultan Dr. Sultan
Internal Medicine - Allergy
years in practice
University of the Punjab, King Edward Medical College
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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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.

Dr. George Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Neurosurgery
59 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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.

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How common is it to survive spinal meningitis?

How common is it to survive spinal meningitis?

Quite common...: ...If you're diagnosed and treated with antibiotics right away.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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