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Untreatable meningitis can lead to death? What's the rate of survival if it's not treated soon and in what period of time you can die for the 1st sympt

Untreatable meningitis can lead to death? What's the rate of survival if it's not treated soon and in what period of time you can die for the 1st sympt

Meningitis: Most meningitis is caused by viral infections. Viral infections are not in and of themselves treatable. The medical community works to support the life of the infected person but many if not most do not die. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the chances of survival If someone has hepatitis C, meningitis, liver and kidney failure?

What are the chances of survival If someone has hepatitis C, meningitis, liver and kidney failure?

Difficult to answer: Is there liver cirrhosis? What type of meningitis? did it spread to the blood? How bad is the kidney failure? ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate if I don't get treated for meningitis?

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. ...Read more

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Recovered from v. meningitis/bacteremia 2 mos ago. Blood culture, SED rate/cpk retested today (still feel achy/headache)- all normal. Can I still be sick?

Recovered from v. meningitis/bacteremia 2 mos ago. Blood culture, SED rate/cpk retested today (still feel achy/headache)- all normal. Can I still be sick?

You are very lucky: You are so fortunate to be alive and it seems with very little residual issues it sounds like you just have some residual weakness from the disease. Give it time rest and see how you go. May not resolve. But if this is all you are left with not bad at all. You are lucky ...Read more

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Recovered from viral meningitis 2 mos ago, still feel achy/headache. Wbc, sed rate, cpk levels normal today, can meningitis be back even if blood is ok?

Recovered from viral meningitis 2 mos ago, still feel achy/headache. Wbc, sed rate, cpk levels normal today, can meningitis be back even if blood is ok?

Probably not: A viral infection with meningitis certainly could make someone feel tired and achy for a couple of months. Without fever and worsening headache, it is unlikely you have recurrent meningitis. But this is obviously something for you to discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...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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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Inflammation: Part 1: great question. It specifically refers to the inflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can be caused by several microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A lumbar puncture is the gold standard in obtaining spinal fluid for testing of meningitis. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection of the brain and the dura, a membrane that covers the brain. The typical symptoms associated with meningitis are fever, altered mental status (confusion) and lethargy - it is a serious problem and needs urgent treatment. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

InflammationOfMening: Inflammation of the meninges caused by Virral, Bacterial, fungal&Parasitic infection of the protective membrane covering the brain&spinal chord collectively known as Meninges.
It can be life threatening&is a medical emergency.
It presents with fever, headcahe, neck stiffness, confusion. Infection begins elsewhere in body&spreads to meninges. Can be fatal if not treated quicklyCan leadTOdeath&BrainDamage ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How lethal is meningitis?

How lethal is meningitis?

Depends: A bacterial meningitis can cause death in a very short period of time, 24 to 48 hrs if untreated. If you or someone you know has any concern for this whatsoever with symptoms such as fever headache, confusion, stiff painful neck etc they should go to the er now. ...Read more

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How can I catch meningitis?

Meningitis: It is actually not easy to be infected with a meningitis organisms, one would need direct contact with an individual carrying a bacteria and even then it is not common. ...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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Can I still have meningitis?

Can I still have meningitis?

Hard to say: When you ask a basic question with no supportive information, it is difficult to formulate an answer. If certain symptoms are present that worry you, please start over, describe them and ask a specific question. The public site is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...Read more

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What is meningitis caused by?

Many things: Meningitis can be caused by multiple types of infections, such as viruses, bacteria, etc. If you think you have meningitis, you should get checked as soon as possible. ...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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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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What are symptoms of Meningitis?

What are symptoms of Meningitis?

Several: There are several usual features. Headache, fever, stiff neck, altered consciousness and possibly seizures. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the origin of meningitis?

Infection: It is infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria or virus. ...Read more

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Does meningitis cause disability?

Does meningitis cause disability?

Meningitis/Disabilit: Yes it can cause several complications if treated late or not treated properly
all paptients with viral menengitis and 70to80% of patients with bacterial meningitis will recover completely.
The serious disabling complications are
brain damage
deafness
epilepsy
change in eye sight. ...Read more

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How to know if I have meningitis?

How to know if I have meningitis?

LP: When meningitis is suspected one needs to look at the spinal fluid. First get a ct of the head in most cases to exclude a mass lesion or abcess in the brain. Then a spinal tap is performed. The pressure of the fluid is checked as well as the fluid itself for excess proteine, low sugar, the presence of blood or excessive white blood cells and bacteria. Test / culture for fungi, bacteria ; viruses. ...Read more

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What is thr sytoms for meningitis?

What is thr sytoms for meningitis?

Fever, headache: Meningitis is the term denoting usually an infection causing inflammation of the covering tissue in brain and spinal cord. Fever, headache, neck stiffness and altered mental status are the chief symptoms the severity and the prognosis varies from case to case but it has to be taken seriously! ...Read more

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Is meningitis a dangerous disease?

Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation (generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic. Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read more

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Can klebsiella cause a meningitis?

Yes: Klebsiella can cause meningitis, but it is not one of the more common causes. If you live in a developing country, such as east asia, it might be slightly more common. It can also be slightly more common in hospital-acquired cases. ...Read more

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What medications treat meningitis?

Meningitis treatment: For viral meningitis not much treatment - IV fluids, antinausea medications, pain medications

bacterial meningitis - antibiotics

fungal meningitis - antifungal treatments. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch meningitis?

Yes: Some people seem naturally immune to some of the germs that cause meningitis & some gain immunity thru shots. Those with no immunity can "catch it" after passage of the germ from a source (person or object) to your body. The nasal passages are a prime pathway to their invasion. A penetrating injury to the brain may also allow otherwise benign germs to cause a meningitis by opening the skin. ...Read more