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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


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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 causes viral meningitis?

What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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What is viral meningitis?

What is 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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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 is viral meningitis diagnosed?

How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

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?

Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read more

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Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

No.: There are many different viruses that can cause viral meningitis; having had one of them does not protect against the others. ...Read more

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Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

None long-term: Real viral meningitis may be excruciating but it is unlikely to cause damage long-term. Herpes encephalitis is a viral disease of the brain rather than the meninges. Remember that vascular syphilis can masquerade as viral meningitis, as can cryptococcus, and a herpes 2 infection can produce a recurrent viral-type meningitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Throat Swabs Pcr Positive For Virus (Definition)

Pcr (polymerase chain reaction) is a biochemical lab procedure sometimes used to test for a virus you might have. If the test is right, the virus tested really is there :( the test can however, be a false positive (meaning it was positive, but the virus is not really there). Results vary depending on a number of factors. Talk with your pcp about the meaning of your result and ...Read more


Polymerase Chain Reaction (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is a method of finding a specific piece of dna and copying it over and over again until there is enough to study. The technique allows a scientist to detect very small amounts of dna in a swab sample then reproduce enough of it to study it. It is very sensisitive for detecting the presence of certain bacteria and is also used in doing other ...Read more