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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more


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Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: It if is a true infection then in both cases the symptoms of a viral or bacterial meningitis are fairly rapid, there are some bacteria that can take longer to be symptomatic meaning up to two to three weeks though this is unusual. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include headaches, vomiting, altered mental status, confusion, speech difficulties among other findings. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread viral meningitis?

How easy is it to spread viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for viral meningitis?

What is the medical term for viral meningitis?

Viral meningitis: If the exact virus is known or is discovered, the name of the virus may be added. Certain viruses produce distinctive syndromes (lymphocytic choriomeningitis from a mouse virus, mollaret's from herpes or its kin). ...Read more

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How many people die annually from viral meningitis?

Very few: less than 1% in some reports, but that's dependent on several factors, immune status of the host, age, newborns suffer more, and whether there are complications like spread of infection to the spinal cord/brain itself, again this is rare in an immune competent subject, it is essentially a benign disease, wish you all luck ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: viral meningitis?

Depends: The classic symptoms of viral meningitis are fever, stiff neck, headache and sensitivity to light. There can also be a change in the mental status, behavior or personality. Other symptoms can include a rash or vomiting. ...Read more

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Is is true that viral meningitis is contagious?

Is is true that viral meningitis is contagious?

Yes: Viral meningtitis could be transmitted in a fashion similar to the common cold. The duration of possible transmission varies but averages 7-10 days. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you think you might have viral meningitis. ...Read more

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I have herpes. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

I have herpes.  Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

Yes, but ...: Since herpes simplex virus is a cause of viral meningitis, a person with herpes is at some risk for viral meningitis. However, viral meningitis is not common, can be from other viruses, and some people who get herpes meningitis never had herpes sores before. So, a normal person with herpes should not worry too much about meningitis, since his risk is likely similar to the risk everyone else has. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated in college kids?

Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and/or pain. Any person showing more severe symptoms, neurologic complications, or other concerning symptom is admitted to the hospital for specific treatments for their complications. ...Read more

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Could a person have aphasia with viral meningitis?

Possible: There are multiple possible effects of viral meningitis although in general it tends to be milder than bacterial meningitis. I would suggest that you look at the following article: " neuropsychological sequelae of bacterial and viral meningitis" by h. Schmidt, b. Heimann, m. Djukic, c.Mazurek, c. Fels, c.-w. Wallesch and r. Nau. From 2006. Available online. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Bacteria more: Destructive. This is a difference in the biology of the pathogenicity of bacteria vs. Viruses. Bacteria induce stronger inflammatory response, release more toxins, enzymes etc. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Many reasons: Bacterial menningitis usually results in pus in the meninges which causes damage it also affects the blood vessels which can cause strokes. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for post viral meningitis headaches?

Yes: Persistent chronic (15 or more days per month) postmeningitis headaches are treated like chronic migraine or chronic tension type headaches depending upon the features of the headache. Narcotic medications are avoid since they can cause medication rebound headaches if taken more than twice a week. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the type of meningitis. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...Read more


Dr. Peter Ihle
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more