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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated for symptoms of meningitis.

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What is the definition or description of: fungal meningitis?

What is the definition or description of: fungal meningitis?

Bad infection. : The disease is characterized by acute neurologic dysfunction. Usually presents with chills, fever and neurologic symptoms such as change in mental status or confusion. This is all from fungal infection in the central nervous system. This is not as common as bacterial or viral meningitis. ...Read more

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Helping your Child through College (Tip)

Helping your Child through College

Do get your college student a meningitis vaccine, especially living in a dorm setting. ...See more

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When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

Rarely: If there is a fever, stiff neck, and generalized bodily discomfort, associated with confusion, the headache may merely be secondary to the meningitis infection. Most often, however, headaches are due to migraine, tension or muscle contraction mechanisms, and mainly due to non-infectious causation. This is often sorted out in hospital emergency departments by a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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What are meningitis symptoms?

What are meningitis symptoms?

Meningitis symptoms: Avoiding light due to the pain it causes. Headaches neck pain and stiffness fever nausea vision changes nausea death - [its really really serious]. ...Read more

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Vaccinations (Tip)

Vaccinations

Since introduction of the Hib vaccine the incidence of this bacterial meningitis has radically reduced. ...See more

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What are warning signs of meningitis?

What are warning signs of 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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What is main difference between symptoms and diagnosis of asymptomatic neurosyphilis and TB meningitis? Can one be misdiagnosed as other?

What is main difference between symptoms and diagnosis of asymptomatic neurosyphilis and TB meningitis? Can one be misdiagnosed as other?

Big difference: Neurosyphilis is usually slow in onset and causes balance problems and dementia-like symptoms. Tb meningitis comes on more quickly and tends to cause double vision or numbness on the face, trouble talking, confusion or stroke-like symptoms. A spinal tap is the best way to make the diagnosis of either test. There is a blood test to look for a syphilis infection. ...Read more

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Travel (Tip)

Travel

Meningitis vaccines are now recommended for travel to many countries. ...See more

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How do you diagnose meningitis?

How do you diagnose meningitis?

LP: A lumbar puncture for CSF is done. And the CSF is analyzed. However meningitis is an emergency and in a clinical history that fits antibiotics should be started as soon as possible to decrease morbidity. ...Read more

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