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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Overview)

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 meningitis: bacterial and viral.


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What are the symptoms of meningitis?

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of Meningitis include:: Fever, Rapid heart beat, Decreased mental status, Stiff neck, Severe headache, Vomiting, Nausea, Pain caused by bright lights, Rash. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
856 Doctors shared insights

Meningitis (Overview)

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 meningitis: bacterial and viral.


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What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

Spinal tap: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) will determine if there's meningitis and what the organism causing the infection is. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for meningitis?

What are the treatments for meningitis?

IV: IV antibiotics and acyclovir depending on your age. Sometimes JV steroids are used prior to antibiotics is certain types of meningitis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the complications associated with meningitis?

What are the complications associated with meningitis?

Depends!: Mild viral meningitis may be a short illness, bacterial meningitis is fatal in a few days if untreated we also have fungal and tuberculous forms the complications depend on the age of the patient, the severity of the illness and the speed of diagnosis and treatment mild to severe neurological deficits can occur. ...Read 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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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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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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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it but the culture will be most important to see if it is viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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How do you test for meningitis?

Spinal fluid tests: A patient's symptoms added to the findings on a doctor's exam, can usually suggest whether or not a patient has meningitis. Meningitis is inflammation and/or infection in the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. To confirm the diagnosis, a sample of spinal fluid, taken from the lower back by putting a needle into the spine, can be tested for bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc... ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

Spinal tap: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) will determine if there's meningitis and what the organism causing the infection is. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if meningitis affects memory?

Does anyone know if meningitis affects memory?

Yes: Damage to various portions of the brain can affect memory. ...Read more

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What causes meningitis?

Many things: Meningitis develops when the circulating bacteria, virus, or fungi in the blood stream seeds and infects the meninges (thick covering of brain). Occasionally, it can also be an extension of inflammation of adjacent structures, e.g., paranasal sinus, to meninges. ...Read more

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Can having only a stiff neck mean you have meningitis?

Only one of many sx: There are more benign explanations for the stiff neck, such as tension headache, neck degenerative disc disease, etc. Meningitis symptoms are usually more severe, and associated with more complaints (fever, headache, severe neck pain). If the neck pain continues and you have other symptoms, seek medical care from your doctor. ...Read more

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What will help treat meningitis?

Antibiotics: Meningitis is a serious life-threatening illness which usually requires hospitalization and close monitoring. Bacterial meningitis is treated with IV antibiotics along with other medications to help keep patients as comfortable as possible. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate if I don't get treated for meningitis?

High: If you truly have meningitis and do not receive the proper antibiotics, the mortality is very high. Refusing treatment is not really a viable option. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that are successful in treating meningitis?

No! See your doctor: Meninigitis can be a fatal condition if not properly diagnosed and treated. Although there is a difference between viral and bacterial meningitis, only a spinal tap can definitively distinguish between the two types of meningitis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for meningitis?

Depends on cause: If viral, usually self limited and rather benign, but if bacterial, antibiotics are crucial, if fungal, anti fungal drugs, if tuberculous, specific drugs for tbc. However, cancer can be culprit for carcinomatous meningitis, so key to get diagnosis asap. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for meningitis?

Is there a cure for meningitis?

There is treatment: Inflammation of the lining of the brain is considered as meningitis. This inflammation can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, chemicals, etc. Once the condition is diagnosed and the agent identified, an appropriate treatment can get rid of the condition. Followup studies can then show that the condition was "cured". Some can recur or become chronic. ...Read more

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Whether levofloxacin shud b used wid hzre for TB meningitis patients and for hw long? For chronic lacunar infarcts and hydrocephalus furosimide could be given or some other drug. Want a second opinion

Whether levofloxacin shud b used wid hzre for TB meningitis patients and for hw long? For chronic lacunar infarcts and hydrocephalus furosimide could be given or some other drug. Want a second opinion

A mix up: You threw a lot of things in the same pot, so I am not sure I quite understand all what you said. First, Levofloxacin is not used as a first or second line medication in the us for the treatment of tb. Lacunar infarcts are not normally treated with furosemide. Furosemide may potentially be used for hydrocephalus but that's not the treatment for that. It may be used symptomatically at times. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated? Does acyclovir tablets help? What can reduces the headache and stop vomiting?

How is viral meningitis treated? Does acyclovir tablets help? What can reduces the headache and stop vomiting?

Supportive care: Pain relievers can help w/headache while antiemetics can help w/vomiting. These can be prescribed by doc who diagnosed you w/viral meningitis. Acyclovir will only help if meningitis is due to herpes. Supportive is all that can be done for next several days until symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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Is it true that one gets a higher risk of meningitis after cyberknife treatment?

Possible: When the word meningitis is said...The general public always thinks bacterial. This is not the case here. Meningitis is defined as an inflammation of the meninges (sacs covering the brain). It is possible, although not very very common, to have irritation/inflammation after cyberknife. ...Read more

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Meningitis susceptibility? Are some people more susceptible to meningitis than others?

Of course: Do not worry, as our genetic makeup gives us different susceptibilities for a variety of problems, and risk of infection is but one variation. In this day and age, treatment of infections is exemplary and success is very high indeed. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Inflammation: Part 1: great question. It specifically refers to the inflammation 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 be caused by several microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A lumbar puncture is the gold standard in obtaining spinal fluid for testing of meningitis. ...Read more

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Can I prevent meningitis by adopting better hygiene?

No: Meningitis is something that can come from spinal fluid leak after a head injury or surgery. It can follow some viral illnesses but usually comes from bacteria that aren't altered by hygiene. College students and military recruits in barracks can get a vaccine to decrease their risk. ...Read more

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What steps can be taken to avoid meningococcal meningitis?

Get vaccinated: Vaccines are available that help boost resistance to meningocal meningitis.It covers 4 strains of the germ and may provide some cross resistance for others. It has been in regular use amoung teens & college age kids for some time. If u are directly exposed to a case, several days of abx are given to supress it before it starts. Effective handwashing and other hygenic practices round out your options. ...Read more