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Lymphocytic Meningitis Symptoms
What is the significance of raising band neutrophils and normal lymphocyte in CSF in case of "streptococcus pneumoniae " meningitis?
Meningitis: In bacterial meningitis the numbers of wbcs in the CSF is elevated and usually consists of cells in the neutrophilic series. Many labs indicate that up to 5 wbc/ml is normal, but my practice is to consider any neutrophils to be abnormal, but this must be evaluated in the context of the clinical presentation. With strep pneumoniae the protein is likely to be high and the glucose significantly low. ...Read more
What age?: This will differ according to the age of the child. Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities. In preverbal children there may be listlessness, failure to feed, difficult in arousal, irritability, and other non-specific manifestations. ...Read more
Sick as stink: Imagine the morning after a night of drinking, but no night of drinking - that would be like the symptoms of meningitis. Severe headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, ache, trouble with vision, trouble with balance, feeling like you want to die - then you may have meningitis. Needs thorough medical evaluation right away! ...Read more
Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. Depending on the patient's age, underlying illness and the specific organism death can occur within hours of onset, and in the case of chronic disease may be weeks or longer. ...Read more
Perhaps: Shaken baby syndrome can cause a chemical menningitis if there is bleeding into the cerebral spinal fluid outside the brain. Best discuss this with the childs doctor. ...Read more
5 days later with noticeable symptom improvement is it safe to assume that my meningitis is viral?
How long would it take for meningitis symptoms to start from headache to severe symptoms in a toddler?
Meningitis is swelling of meninges. What causes the symptoms of meningitis? What is the swelling affecting?
Inflamed membanes: Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It is usually due to an infectious agent, like a bacteria, virus or fungus. It can also rarely be caused by drugs. Symptoms often include fever, headache, stiff neck and sleepiness or lethargy. An evaluation of the cause is needed to guide treatment, which may involve antibiotics as well as supportive care. ...Read more
After 5 days of taking medicine and noticeable symptom improvement is it safe to assume that my meningitis is viral?
I'm really scared I might have meningitis. Stiff neck for 2 days. Temp has been from 97.8-99 no other symptoms. Should I be concerned?
Bacterial meningitis: The symptoms depend on the age of the patient. In children & babies they may not be able to tell us about their symptoms. They maye fever, vomitig lethargy or not feed well. Children however may be far progressed before their symptoms come to be noticed. If your child is not neuologically ame as routine & has fever you should have him/her be checked asap. ...Read more
Headache occurs in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Stiff neck occurs in at least 85% of people with meningitis
fever and chills occur in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Vomiting occurs in about 35% of people with meningitis
fear of bright lights (photophobia)
confusion seizures history of a recent upper respiratory infection. ...Read more
Like the flu: Great question. Bacteria causesinflammation 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 also lead to flu- symptoms such as headache, fever, malaise, nausea, and vomiting. Light sensitivity can also occur (photophobia). ...Read more
Meningitis: In short no, but if you have more symptoms the likelihood of you having meningitis increases. The most common symptoms are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light and loud noises. Usually the diagnosis has to be confirmed by specific tests, in particular a lumbar puncture to sample the spinal fluid. ...Read more
Yes: Absolutely they can, even in spite of adequate treatment. ...Read more