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Meningitis: meningitis means inflamed tiny blood vessels of the brain. Nonpyogenic means it is not caused by an infection. That usually resolves fairly quickly. You did not mention why you had the tests done, but if the symptoms get better over next week or two, you should take a deep breath and do something to celebrate being healthy.
See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age.
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.
Not specificly: Heredity dose play a role in some forms of immune deficiency. Children with an inherited immune defects are more at risk for meningitis & other severe infections. Some may be more prone to specific germs than others. Some are less successful at fighting an infection if they occur. That said, meningitis is not passed like eye color or sickle cell.See 1 more doctor answer
Meningitis Symptoms: The most common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion, decreased consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises. Children often exhibit only nonspecific symptoms, such as irritability and drowsiness. A rash may be present in some types of meningitis especially caused by Meningococcal bacteria.
See your doctor.: Definitive test is spinal tap and doctor will determine need.
Which kind?: The answer depends on what kind of meningitis you are referring to: bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis, viral meningitis, parasitic meningitis & non-infectious meningitis. I’ll provide info for viral meningitis. The virus is spread person to person (fecal, respiratory secretions). However, just because you become infected with the virus doesn’t mean that you will actually develop meningitis.
Yes: Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the risk. There are no vaccines for viral meningitis, but fortunately viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial.See 9 more doctor answers
All Children: There are actually 3 meningitis vaccines. Two, Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) (pneumococcal) and hib (haemophilus), are typically given at 2, 4 and 6 months old, with a booster at 15 months old. The Meningococcal vaccine is given at 11 and 16 years old, but is also recommended for younger children if they are considered higher risk.See 1 more doctor answer
Immunization: There are immunizations available for common strains of the bacteria that cause meningococcal and pneumococcal meningitis and H Influenza meningitis. Another consideration is avoiding contact with suspected cases. There are antibiotics given to those with contact with active cases, to prevent developing meningitis.
There is treatment: Inflammation of the lining of the brain is considered as meningitis. This inflammation can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, chemicals, etc. Once the condition is diagnosed and the agent identified, an appropriate treatment can get rid of the condition. Followup studies can then show that the condition was "cured". Some can recur or become chronic.See 1 more doctor answer
Infection of CNS: Although tuberculosis may start in the lungs, it can also involve multiple body organ systems. When the infection gets into spinal fluid, it creates a type of meningitis that is a true medical emergency, and can be associated with a rather poor outcome if not treated in a timely fashion.