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I had bacterial meningitis at the age of 3, was in coma for months.are there long term side effects from this disease?

I had bacterial meningitis at the age of 3, was in coma for months.are there long term side effects from this disease?

Sometimes yes or no: Sometimes having meningitis as a child may be a risk factor for seizures years later. There is a good chance there will be no long term side effects, and this should be your expectation. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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 long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

What are long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Brain damage: Hearing loss, alterations in a wide range of neurological functions can occur. These are predominantly due to inflammation of the sheath of blood vessels entering the brain through the subarachnoid space (which the meninges surround). With brain swelling, herniation of the brain stem can occur, usually fatally. The type of damage will depend upon which areas of brain are attacked. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Hearing loss, mental retardation, seizure, speech and language delay, visual impairment, behavioral problem. Early recognition, prompt antibiotic rx and supportive care reduces severity of long term complications. Less than 6 mo age, severe infection, seizure more than 4 days into therapy, coma, tend to have more long-term sequelae. Severe neuro-developmental sequelae in 10-20% and 50% have some. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Are there any long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Can be: Meningitis can have many long lasting effects. Bacterial infections in the brain (meningitis) can affect the parts of the body controlled by that part of the brain. Deafness, seizure, speech disorders and seizures can be a permanent effect of bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis Effects: Patients who require intensive care, babies under one year old and bacterial rather than viral meningitis are at an increased risk of long-term problems. Potential long-term effects of meningitis include memory loss, coordination problems, recurrent residual headaches, deafness or other hearing problems, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, speech problems, seizures and loss of sight. ...Read more

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How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?

How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?

What effects?: If you can be more specific about your "effects" from bacterial meningitis, then it would easier to offer advice. The typical after effects that are usually seen in young children can include hearing and visual difficulties, seizures, possible learning difficulties etc. If you are dealing with any of these, you should speak to your physician and get appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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How to treat with a little mental retardation left as after effects of bacterial meningitis? how can I help myself? any therapy? any medication?

How to treat with a little mental retardation left as after effects of bacterial meningitis? how can I help myself? any therapy? any medication?

Time will tell: Even after the best therapy, bacterial meningitis may leave some permanent or long term effects which may improve over time. The key is to have patience , and to optimize your health with a diet and exercise. After all, your body has been affected by what one may consider to be a "typhoon" or "tornado". In such areas of the world, it will take time to rebuild- this goes the same for your brain. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of having bacterial meningitis?

Many possibilities: The long term effects of bacterial meningitis can vary from person to person and depend on many variables. Some possibilities can be death, hearing loss, significant brain injury. This illness can be devastating. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of surviving bacterial meningitis?

What are the long-term effects of surviving bacterial meningitis?

Several side effects: Bacterial meningitis is a severe infection of the covering of the brain. It can lead to death within 24 hrs. It can also result in hearing loss, vision loss or decrease, and mental retardation. In infancy, it can also lead to cerebral palsy. And in some cases can cause seizures. ...Read more

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After a person had bacterial meningitis and was treated, what are the long term effects?

After a person had bacterial meningitis and was treated, what are the long term effects?

Bacterial meningitis: If the treatment was started early and a cure was obtained then the long term effects can be minimal if nothing - the effects are really based on how severe the infection was at the time of treatment ...Read more

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Is there any therapy to improve the cognitive skills after having bacterial meningitis? The effects of meningitis is not much.

Is there any therapy to improve the cognitive skills after having bacterial meningitis? The effects of meningitis is not much.

Menningitis ?: Unless menigitis causes a lot of swelling we usually don't see cognitive changes unless these is spread to the brain itself (encephalitis) the exceptions include brain injury form a sustained high fever or problems related to seizures. Your starting point is to discuss this with your neurologist. He might want to refer you to a cogntive specialist (eg, behavioral neurologist or neuropsychologist). ...Read more

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Is there no any therapy to treat or to minimize the after effects left by bacterial meningitis? Like some cognition problem, clumsiness, mood swings...

Mennigitis: Yes there is therapy usually done through a neuropsychologist. Check with a neuro-rehab facility they should be able to direct you. ...Read more

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection: Dont know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk. ...Read more

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you  get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion: Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns. ...Read more

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How do you catch bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is typically acquired from respiratory droplets or oral secretions from another human infected with the bacteria. ...Read more

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What tests confirm bacterial meningitis?

What tests confirm bacterial meningitis?

Spinal fluid culture: To diagnose bacterial meningitis, typically, a spinal tap is done to remove a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. The fluid is tested for the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, protien, and glucose. Then the fluid is cultured for bacteria which can take up to 3 to 4 days for results. It may also be cultured for viruses and that can take 7 day. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

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