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Testing for meningitis during pregnancy. How do they do it?

Testing for meningitis during pregnancy. How do they do it?

Spinal tap: Meningitis is diagnosed with a spinal tap or lumbar puncture. This procedure is similar (but not as complex to perform) as a spinal epidural given for anesthesia during labor. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can I have meningitis vaccination during pregnancy?

Can I have meningitis vaccination during pregnancy?

Yes: There should not be a complication restricting your vaccination for neisseria meningitidis during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can we done the lumber puncture in 36wks pregnancy. Sugggestive diagnosis is menigitis. ?

Can we done the lumber puncture in 36wks pregnancy. Sugggestive diagnosis is menigitis.
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Yes: Lumbar puncture may be done anytime during pregnancy.A variation of that is done for anesthisia at time of delivery when a saddle block is done. ...Read more

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Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: It if is a true infection then in both cases the symptoms of a viral or bacterial meningitis are fairly rapid, there are some bacteria that can take longer to be symptomatic meaning up to two to three weeks though this is unusual. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include headaches, vomiting, altered mental status, confusion, speech difficulties among other findings. ...Read more

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How does ionizing radiation increase the chance of meningitis even long after the initial exposure?

How does ionizing radiation increase the chance of meningitis even long after the initial exposure?

Not meningitis : You may be referring to a long term increased incidence of meningiomas after ionizing radiation. This has been attributed to dna damage. ...Read more

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Are there any racial disparities for meningitis exposure?

Are there any racial disparities for meningitis exposure?

Study from 1976: There was an increase in blacks and more so native americans but was thought to do with over crowding and poverty. There is some more recent evidence that it is higher in blacks but for unknown reasons. In conclusion: there might be but the research is not great. ...Read more

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Because my toddler cannot talk, what symptomss should I look for if there might have been an exposure to meningitis?

Meningitis: This is characterized by fever, chills, headache, sensitivity to light and/or sound, nausea and vomiting, changes in sensorium (in your toddler alterations in behavior), and neurological abnormalities. If the baby is acting differently than normally, not eating, fussy, crying incessantly, warm to touch, etc., see a pediatrician asap. Unless the exposure was intimate - unlikely to get meningitis. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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