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Can an MRI detect meningitis or inflammation of the brain?

Can an MRI detect meningitis or inflammation of the brain?

Yes: An mri can be one of the tests used for imaging of the brain, spinal cord, and in a meningitis like picture, it can show inflammation. This is nonspecific and doesn't differentiate between bacterial and viral meningitis. A spinal tap is a true test that would provide the physician with more information. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed classically by sending off cerebrospinal fluid analysis from a lumber puncture when there is a clinical suspicion that a patient has this condition. Lyme meningitis can be diagnosed with specialized testing sent on cerebral spinal fluid often in conjunction with serum testing to confirm the presence of Lyme Disease. ...Read more

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Will an MRI on brain without contrast show if there is inflammation from meningitis?

Will an MRI on brain without contrast show if there is inflammation from meningitis?

Not necessarily.: Bacterial meningitis is a devastating disease that must be caught early to prevent permanent damage or even death. In the beginning stages the only way to make the diagnosis is with a lumbar puncture commonly called a spinal tap. Neuro imaging studies are useful to monitor for complications such as abscesses and brain swelling and can pick up meningitis later in the disease process. ...Read more

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Can an MRI show meningitis in the brain? What about sinusitis or any sinus inflammation ?

Can an MRI show meningitis in the brain? What about sinusitis or any sinus inflammation ?

MRI scan: Yes, it can show meningitis but it is not the best imaging study for sinusitis as sinuses are bony cavities that is best studied with ct scan. Mri scan is good for soft tissue lesions in head and neck. ...Read more

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Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Not reliable: If you're having symptoms of meningitis or heart disease (palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath), the sed rate is utterly worthless as a way of ruling out disease and even a normal CBC proves nothing. I'm a lab physician and want to reassure you -- the key question is not "What's my ESR?" but "How do I FEEL?" ...Read more

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Diarreah for 2 days no fever, headaches on right side tention in neck, hospital test for meningitis, test negative but blood shows inflamation in body?

Diarreah for 2 days no fever, headaches on right side tention in neck, hospital test for meningitis, test negative but blood shows inflamation in body?

Look for infection: With diarrhea and headaches, it was a good idea to see your doctor. S/he would test for infections that can be treated. If symptoms are not improving, please go back for a recheck. Inflammation in the blood is often a sign your body is fighting the problem. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How is meningitis diagnosed?

How is meningitis diagnosed?

By LP: The only way to diagnose meningitis is by looking at cerebral spinal fluid collected by a lumbar puncture. Thanks for asking. ...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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How would manage meningitis?

How would   manage meningitis?

Depends: It depends on the tyoe of meningitis. Some need antibiotics, some just pain relief and time. ...Read more

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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