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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more