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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Overview)

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections that usually get better without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain damage, even if treated.


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Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: fungal meningitis?

Dr. Brian Kaufman
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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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Meningitis (Overview)

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections that usually get better without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain damage, even if treated.


Dr. Kevin Daus
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
32 years in practice
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How does meningitis spread?

Dr. Kevin Daus
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Close contact: Close contact.

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When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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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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Dr. Scott Lippe
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24 years in practice
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What are meningitis symptoms?

Dr. Scott Lippe
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
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What are warning signs of meningitis?

Dr. Martin Raff
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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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Dr. Christina Lenk
Board Certified, Neurology
23 years in practice
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What is main difference between symptoms and diagnosis of asymptomatic neurosyphilis and TB meningitis? Can one be misdiagnosed as other?

Dr. Christina Lenk
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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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Dr. Zachariah George
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How do you diagnose meningitis?

Dr. Zachariah George
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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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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Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Dr. Barry Bergman
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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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Dr. Robert Kwok
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How do you test for meningitis?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Jenny Sung
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What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

Dr. Jenny Sung
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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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