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Dr. James Goodrich
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Long term effects of spinal meningitis?

Dr. James Goodrich
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Long term effects of spinal meningitis?

Spinal meningitis: Long term effects of spinal meningitis are related to how severe the infection was to the patient. A mild or even moderate infection can leave no long term effects. In the more severe and prolonged cases of meningitis the effects can be potentially severe. Early and aggressive antibiotic therapy is key to reducing long term effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections that usually get better without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Depends: Meningitis means inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal column. When caused by infection transmission from person to person depends upon which organism is the causative agent. Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) may be highly communicable with close contact. Epidemics seen in institutions, military training camps, schools and within family units. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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How do you get spinal meningitis?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How do you get spinal meningitis?

Susceptable/exposed: A variety of germs that cause meningitis can be carried by healthy folks in their nose& throat & these folks never get ill. They can pass it on to their environment thru secretions or droplets of a sneeze. A susceptable person then acquires the germ and it invades their system, often thru the sensitive linings of the nasal passages.We're not sure why some get sick & some don't. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
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Can spinal meningitis affect speech pattern or "give a person an unusual accent?"

Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Ues: Meningitis that progresses can cause meningoencephalitis. This' means it has spread from coverings of brain to brain itself including speech areas in your case. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
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What can be permanent damage caused by spinal meningitis?

Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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What can be permanent damage caused by spinal meningitis?

Scarring: Scar tissue around nerves and brain which can cause extremity pain, back pain, cognitive deficits and seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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How can spinal meningitis affect older adults?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Dangerous: In the elderly, the flagrant fever, stiff neck, etc, may be relatively absent or minimal, and perhaps only the acute onset of confusion and disorientation, with headache, may be witnessed. However, as insidious as the presentation may be, a bacterial meningitis by even a bug such as listeria, can be deadly, without appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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What are the earliest symptoms of spinal meningitis?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What are the earliest symptoms of spinal meningitis?

Do you mean symptoms: Fever, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in thinking, level of consciousness, and so on. If you think you are getting meningitis go see a doctor asap instead of trying to diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
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Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Dr. Edward Smith
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Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Bacterial especially: All forms of bacterial meningitis are dangerous, some moreso than others. By contrast most cases of viral meningitis lead to rather benign, self-limiting disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Not common: Fortunately it is not common and with the introduction of the vaccine it has become even less common. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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How common is it to survive spinal meningitis?

Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
31 years in practice
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Quite common...: ...If you're diagnosed and treated with antibiotics right away. ...Read more

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