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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.


Dr. William Singer
844 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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].

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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