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What are the tests for aseptic meningitis?

What are the tests for aseptic meningitis?

Spinal tap: If meningitis is suspected a spinal tap is the only way to be 100 % sure it is aseptic or viral. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more


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What sort of problem is aseptic meningitis?

Aseptic meningitis: Aseptic meningitis is viral meningitis. When cultured, no bacterial organism is isolated. It is usually self-limiting, and for the most part, not as severe as bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aseptic meningitis?

What are the symptoms of aseptic meningitis?

Headache: Symptoms of aseptic meningitis include headache, fever, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. You need to go to the emergency room if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is aseptic meningitis contagious?

Is aseptic meningitis contagious?

Maybe, maybe not: Aseptic meningitis is a term usually applied to that process triggered during an infection with a variety of viruses. The dominant group usually causes intestinal issues like cramps or diarrhea, with a fraction of the patients developing meningitis. The germ may pass to someone not immune, but may or may not cause meningitis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for aseptic meningitis?

What is the treatment for aseptic meningitis?

Observation: Aseptic meningitis usually needs time for the body to cure. Treatment consists of taking care of the symptoms. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever or headache and fluids etc. ...Read more

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What is aseptic meningitis?

What is aseptic meningitis?

Nonbacterial: Aseptic meningitis is term indicating the absence of detectable bacteria as a cause for meningitis. Tubercle bacillus, viruses, fungi, parasites, cancer, or some medications fall into the category of aseptic meningitis. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001639/ for more information. ...Read more

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Help! How to tell if I have aseptic meningitis?

Not an issue for: Diagnosis. If you suspect you have meningitis, go the hospital immediately. The diagnosis requires doing a lumbar puncture to examine the cerebrospinal fluid. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with aseptic meningitis, what can I expect going forward?

I was diagnosed with aseptic meningitis, what can I expect going forward?

Likely nothing more: If you had so called "aseptic" meningitis, it was probably a viral infection and if you have recovered from it, you should not expect any more neurologic sequelae. See this site for more info.
http://www. Med. Unc. Edu/medicine/web/meningitis. Htm. ...Read more

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Why is caffeine good for aseptic meningitis?

Why is caffeine good for aseptic meningitis?

Vasoconstrictor: That's why, would reduce blood flow to the brain and help reduce intraventricular pressure, that's in theory, ...Read more

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Are the complications of syphilitic aseptic meningitis?

Are the complications of syphilitic aseptic meningitis?

Many: Syphilis can eventually result in an inflamatory immune process in the brain some 10-20 years after primary infection. Occuring in about 15% of untreated cases, it can lead to coordination difficulties, paralysis, numbness, blindness and dementia. The damage may be serious enough to cause death. Various folks have suggested hitler showed signs of the problem in his final days as well as some gangsters. ...Read more

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What is the one class of viruses cause aseptic meningitis?

What is the one class of viruses cause aseptic meningitis?

Entero viruses: Entero viruses is a large group of visues that are a common cause of aseptic meningitis. For more information, see this site.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/meningitis/viral. Html. ...Read more

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How long does aseptic meningitis last? And do you need surgery for it?

How long does aseptic meningitis last? And do you need surgery for it?

Mollaret's: Some cases of asceptic meningitis may be viral in origin and self limited, but symptoms may persist for months. A form of recurrent meningitis as above may be an autoimmune reaction and might respond to immune interventions. This is sort of tricky, as very few doctors have experience with this very rare condition, so find a good immunologist, and get this under control. No surgery please. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with uctd. I've had two bouts of aseptic meningitis. Is that common with this illness?

No: In my experience the majority of patients thought to have uctd actually turn out to have lupus. I question whether the disorder actually exists. However, aseptic meningitis is an uncommon complication of lupus and therefore uctd. ...Read more

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What is the treat for aseptic meningitis caused by reaction from ivig? And does it have any long lasting affects? Like h/a more frequently

Conservative: Pain relief meds for headaches, good hydration...tincture of time. Symptoms will pass & you are not more likely in the future to get headaches unless you do the IVIG again. You may wish to look into a device for headaches and neck pain called SOOTHEAWAY. Find at www. Sootheaway. Com. Most insurance DOES NOT cover this thing in my state. I do not own stock in this company (Drat!) but it works well ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my husband was diagnosed with viral (aseptic) meningitis. I'm very confused / worried?

Stiff neck, headache: This is quite common, can be very uncomfortable, but almost always leads to a complete recovery. I trust that bacterial meningitis, mollaret's and herpes encephalitis were ruled out by a capable neurologist. While a virus is assumed to be present and can often be cultured, the infection hazard to others is minimal any why rare individuals get meningeal involvement is mysterious. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia cause multiple bouts of aseptic meningitis? Or is there maybe something more going on then fibro and UCTD?

Can fibromyalgia cause multiple bouts of aseptic meningitis? Or is there maybe something more going on then fibro and UCTD?

No: Fibromyalgia is not a cause for aseptic meningitis since fibromyalgia by definition is not inflammatory. Medications, viral or fungal infections, partially treated bacterial infections, pseudotumor cerebri, rare autoimmune conditions and other factors or conditions may contribute to developing aseptic meningitis. See your regular doctor and ask for a referral to a neurologist if this continues. ...Read more

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9-year-old diagnosed with kawasaki''s disease and aseptic meningitis. What's the follow up as she still presents with headaches and palpitations?

9-year-old diagnosed with kawasaki''s disease and aseptic meningitis. What's the follow up as she still presents with headaches and palpitations?

Kawasaki: For kawasaki: I am hoping by now she received immunoglobulin infusion and her fever subsided. She is probably on Aspirin too. The aspetic meningitis could occur from the kawasaki itself or from the ivig infusion too. It will subside in the next two weeks. ...Read more

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Please help all of my doctors are stumped. What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis?

Please help all of my doctors are stumped. What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis?

Complex: And needs thorough history, physical examination and probably blood /imaging studies, your best bet would be a tertiary care center, start with rheumatology who would ask other specialists to come aboard as needed. Talk to your primary doctor about referral, good luck ...Read more

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I had ivig for small fiber neuropathy and got aseptic meningitis. What are the chances this happening again if I try it.?

I had ivig for small fiber neuropathy and got aseptic meningitis. What are the chances this happening again if I try it.?

Not none: It is certainly possible for this complication to happen again. Discuss the pros and cons (risk-benefit ratio) of IVIg Rx for your condition, including if you both think it helped. If it did and you want to continue receiving it, discuss with your doctor the possibility of pretreating you with e.g. prednisone, prednisolone or methylprednisolone for a couple of days prior to the infusion. ...Read more

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In 2003, I had an epidural while I gave birth; the baby later died of aseptic meningitis. Should I be concerned about epidurals possibly causing this?

In 2003, I had an epidural while I gave birth; the baby later died of aseptic meningitis. Should I be concerned about epidurals possibly causing this?

Complex issue: I am very sorry about your child. Death in a child is never acceptable. However, you must not feel guilt or find fault. Meningitis happens, and cause is often never found. Epidurals must be done carefully and appropriately. They may cause meningitis in you - but not in the child. The recent scare about epidurals is being corrected aggressively. Trust your doctor. ...Read more

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I get severe neck pain after chain smoking, it feels the same as aseptic meningitis but it's not. Why the pain and should I be conserned? I have UCTD

My sentiments: Exactly! Listen to your body. Chain smoking constricts your blood vessels, lowers your blood's oxygen saturation, increases your blood pressure & makes your heart beat faster. Not great for anyone, especially for someone with Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. See http://www. Nationaljewish. Org/healthinfo/conditions/uctd. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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On solumedrol (methylprednisolone) and toradol for adverse reaction to ivig. Had debilitating headache. When would this subside? If I had aseptic meningitis is this treatm

On solumedrol (methylprednisolone) and toradol for adverse reaction to ivig. Had debilitating headache. When would this subside? If I had aseptic meningitis is this treatm

Debilitating is key: If the Headache is debilitating then you need to see a Doc, get your Blood pressure and vitals checked. Solumedrol (methylprednisolone) can raise Blood pressure as a known side effect. Asceptic Meningitis can also have a significant head ache as well. Using the prescribing MD as a resource is imperative. ...Read more

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Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply

Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply

Minimal: It is likely you would have had any serious reaction or developed some other complications by now. I hope the infection is clearing up and that you are feeling better. If you have any questions about your ongoing symptoms let your doctor or health tap know. Your pharmacist will be a good resource for your concerns. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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How can viral meningitis be avoided?

How can viral meningitis be avoided?

Hand-washing: Viral meningitis is spread by fecal-oral contact, which means you can contract it if you touch an object contaminated with the virus. Frequent hand-washing and ensuring that children wear swim diapers in the pool are two good ways to avoid exposure. ...Read more

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How serious is having a viral meningitis?

Depends: Generally viral meningitis is mild and self-limiting, but it depends in part on which virus and your underlying immune status. Not a fun illness to have, but usually recover uneventfully. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral meningitis I could notice?

See below: Fever, photophobia, stiff neck, irritability, nausea, vomiting etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/meningitis/viral. Html. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for viral meningitis?

What is the treatment for viral meningitis?

Symptomatic: Most viral meningitis is treated symtomatically (treating the pain, nausea, and vomiting) with the exception of herpes meningoencephalitis which is treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What are the neurological consequences of viral meningitis?

Usually nothing: Usually viral meningitis heals without long-term consequences. Any time the brain and nervous system is inflammed, the pressure can cause pain or even neurological findings - weakness, confusion, numbness, etc. However usually with time, in the case of viral meningitis, these go away when the inflammation goes away. ...Read more

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What is viral meningitis?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated?

Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which 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


Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

There will be no growth on the cerebrospinal fluid culture. This is mostly ...Read more