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How Lethal Is Meningitis
Depends: A bacterial meningitis can cause death in a very short period of time, 24 to 48 hrs if untreated. If you or someone you know has any concern for this whatsoever with symptoms such as fever headache, confusion, stiff painful neck etc they should go to the er now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation: Part 1: great question. It specifically refers to the inflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can be caused by several microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A lumbar puncture is the gold standard in obtaining spinal fluid for testing of meningitis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
InflammationOfMening: Inflammation of the meninges caused by Virral, Bacterial,fungal&Parasitic infection of the protective membrane covering the brain&spinal chord collectively known as Meninges. It can be life threatening&is a medical emergency. It presents with fever,headcahe,neck stiffness,confusion.Infection begins elsewhere in body&spreads to meninges.Can be fatal if not treated quicklyCan leadTOdeath&BrainDamage ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: Meningitis develops when the circulating bacteria, virus, or fungi in the blood stream seeds and infects the meninges (thick covering of brain). Occasionally, it can also be an extension of inflammation of adjacent structures, e.g., paranasal sinus, to meninges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: When you ask a basic question with no supportive information, it is difficult to formulate an answer. If certain symptoms are present that worry you, please start over, describe them and ask a specific question.The public site is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...Read more
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
LP: When meningitis is suspected one needs to look at the spinal fluid. First get a ct of the head in most cases to exclude a mass lesion or abcess in the brain. Then a spinal tap is performed. The pressure of the fluid is checked as well as the fluid itself for excess proteine, low sugar, the presence of blood or excessive white blood cells and bacteria. Test / culture for fungi, bacteria ; viruses. ...Read more
Fever,headache: Meningitis is the term denoting usually an infection causing inflammation of the covering tissue in brain and spinal cord. Fever, headache , neck stiffness and altered mental status are the chief symptoms the severity and the prognosis varies from case to case but it has to be taken seriously! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation(generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic.Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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