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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I'm wondering if i could have meningitis about 13 days ago i used ice in my nose to alleviate some pain and inflamation...This evening i started feeling nauseous and dizzy...What are the odds i've been exposed to nagleria fowleri and could these be early
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