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Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted.

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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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Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis is contageous, the degree of which is relatively specific to the bacteria involved. A germ like meningococcus is easily passed in a brief exposure while tuberculusis is much harder to pass, requiring much longer exposure.

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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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Is it true that bacterial meningitis is contagious?

Is it true that bacterial meningitis is contagious?

Some > than others: Some forms are much more worrisome than others. Meningococcal meningitis is quite contagious and close contacts are routinely given antibiotics to interrupt transmission. Pneumococcal meningitis contacts are not, since the germ is relatively common among normal individuals and it has not been found necessary.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

What are long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Brain damage: Hearing loss, alterations in a wide range of neurological functions can occur. These are predominantly due to inflammation of the sheath of blood vessels entering the brain through the subarachnoid space (which the meninges surround). With brain swelling, herniation of the brain stem can occur, usually fatally. The type of damage will depend upon which areas of brain are attacked.

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury Dr. Chowdhury
Pediatrics
38 years in practice
University of Chittagong - Chittagong Medical College
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What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Hearing loss, mental retardation, seizure, speech and language delay, visual impairment, behavioral problem. Early recognition, prompt antibiotic rx and supportive care reduces severity of long term complications. Less than 6 mo age, severe infection, seizure more than 4 days into therapy, coma, tend to have more long-term sequelae. Severe neuro-developmental sequelae in 10-20% and 50% have some.

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Dr. Danny Proffitt Dr. Proffitt
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Are there any long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Are there any long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Can be: Meningitis can have many long lasting effects. Bacterial infections in the brain (meningitis) can affect the parts of the body controlled by that part of the brain. Deafness, seizure, speech disorders and seizures can be a permanent effect of bacterial meningitis.

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Dr. Jason Adler Dr. Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
20 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How long will bacterial meningitis germs stay on something?

Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human secretions is necessary to produce meningitis. The bacteria that commonly cause bacterial meningitis due not typically survive for a long period of time outside the human body.

Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos Dr. Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What are the long-term effects of having bacterial meningitis?

What are the long-term effects of having bacterial meningitis?

Many possibilities: The long term effects of bacterial meningitis can vary from person to person and depend on many variables. Some possibilities can be death, hearing loss, significant brain injury. This illness can be devastating.

Dr. Tammi Schlichtemeier Dr. Schlichtemeier
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What are the long-term effects of surviving bacterial meningitis?

What are the long-term effects of surviving bacterial meningitis?

Several side effects: Bacterial meningitis is a severe infection of the covering of the brain. It can lead to death within 24 hrs. It can also result in hearing loss, vision loss or decrease, and mental retardation. In infancy, it can also lead to cerebral palsy. And in some cases can cause seizures.

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Dr. Kenneth Reichert Dr. Reichert
Neurosurgery
31 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Can you please discuss the long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis Effects: Patients who require intensive care, babies under one year old and bacterial rather than viral meningitis are at an increased risk of long-term problems. Potential long-term effects of meningitis include memory loss, coordination problems, recurrent residual headaches, deafness or other hearing problems, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, speech problems, seizures and loss of sight.

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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After a person had bacterial meningitis and was treated, what are the long term effects?

After a person had bacterial meningitis and was treated, what are the long term effects?

Bacterial meningitis: If the treatment was started early and a cure was obtained then the long term effects can be minimal if nothing - the effects are really based on how severe the infection was at the time of treatment

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?

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. Richard Wasserman Dr. Wasserman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis?

My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis?

Menactra: According to the manufacturer, immunity begins to decline after 2-3 years but may last as long as 5. The initial dose is recommended at 11-12 years, with a booster at 16-18 years. The highest risk for contracting this disease seems to be for those living in close quarters, such as in dormitories.

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Dr. Jason Adler Dr. Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
20 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How long can bacterial meningitis last for?

How long can bacterial meningitis last for?

Bacterial meningitis: Acute bacterial meningitis usually presents within 24 hours of the start of infection due to the severity of symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics can rapidly clear the bacterial infection, but neurologic sequelae can persist for days to weeks or longer, and in some cases may be permanent.

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How long could it take to die from bacterial meningitis?

Not long, just hours: Left untreated, bacterial meningitis is deadly, leading to death in hours to days. Even when treated appropriately, the risk of death still remains very high at 10%. Neurologic complications can occur despite the best of intentions. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/meningitis/ds00118 & http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/meningitis/hic_bacterial_meningitis. Aspx for more information.

Dr. Jason Adler Dr. Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
20 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How long does bacterial meningitis bacteria stay on an object?

Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human secretions is necessary to produce meningitis. The bacteria that commonly cause bacterial meningitis due not typically survive for a long period of time outside the human body.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

Meningitis: If you actually have bacterial meningitis the rate of its progression depends upon the organism and the individual who gets it. With fast and effective treatment your chances of fully recovery are good. Without treatment, time to death is again variable.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can you be a silent carrrier of bacterial meningitis longer than one year?

Can you be a silent carrrier of bacterial meningitis longer than one year?

Doubt it: Think of your "carrier centers"-the nasal passages & upper airway/throat as a hotel. Germs check in, stay for a while & leave. Some, including those causing meningitis can cause infection or just pass along in your saliva and end up on a doorknob or banister. Many will come back. The only germ we know to persist in prolonged carriage is group A strep, which often doesn't affect carriers.

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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