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Meningitis Survival Rate
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
What are the chances of survival If someone has hepatitis C, meningitis, liver and kidney failure?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
change in eye sight. ...Read more
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
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
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
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