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Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Yes: It's very rare, but infection in the mastoid can lead to infection of the brain covering or meningitis. True mastoiditis is exceedingly rare and often ct scans and MRI scans which show inflammation in the mastoids are incorrectly interpreted as "mastoiditis.". ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Definition)

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Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Highly unlikely: It would be extraordinarily difficult to contract spinal meningitis in this manner. But if you have any concerns, it's always better to convey your concerns to your family doctor. ...Read more

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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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Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

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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Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Meningitis: Untreated there will be a very high mortality rate, but if treated, many patients will survive, but the mortality rate will depend upon the causative organism, the rapidity with which therapy is initiated, and the underlying age and health status of the person infected. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis very contagious?

No: Viral meningitis is an unusual complication of a mild viral illness. Meningococcal meningitis causes epidemics in boot camps and college dorms, but the other bacterial meningitis family members aren't catching. ...Read more

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Long term effects of spinal meningitis?

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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What are common symptoms of spinal meningitis, and how fast can it kill you?

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

Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

Mastoiditis is an infection of the mastoid bone, which is a bone of the skull, located just behind the ear. The mastoid bone has air-containing spaces in which an infection can develop. Patients usually have pain and redness in the area of the ...Read more


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