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Dr. George Jacobs
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What long term effects of meningitis are common?

Dr. George Jacobs
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What long term effects of meningitis are common?

It depends : Long term effects differ depending on what caused the meningitis an how effective the treatment was. Complete recovery can and does happen. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections that usually get better without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What are long term health effects of meningitis?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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What are long term health effects of meningitis?

Can vary: In most cases, full recovery occurs over a few months, but there could be permanent hearing loss, emotional and cognitive issues, and even epilepsy, depending on the original organism and efficacy of therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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What are some long-term effects of meningitis?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
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What are some long-term effects of meningitis?

Depends on...: The age of the person (young children with still developing brains are at higher risk) and the cause (bacterial more than viral). Complications include visual and hearing defects, learning disabilities, seizures, and paralysis. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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What are long-term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Dr. Martin Raff
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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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Dr. Gutti Rao
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What mental effects happen with viral meningitis?

Dr. Gutti Rao
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What mental effects happen with viral meningitis?
Dr. Jay Park
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Meningitis vaccine side effects? What are the side effects of a meningitis vaccine?

Dr. Jay Park
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Meningitis vaccine side effects? What are the side effects of a meningitis vaccine?

See below: Usual side effects of Meningococcal vaccine ( "meningitis shot") are local pain, headache and fatigue, usually lasting 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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What are the long term effects of bacterial meningitis?

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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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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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are the long-term effects of viral meningitis in a child?

Dr. Jay Park
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What are the long-term effects of viral meningitis in a child?

None: There is no consistent long-term effect after the viral meningitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Lambe
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What side effects are associated with the meningitis vaccine?

Dr. Mary Lambe
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What side effects are associated with the meningitis vaccine?

Usually minor: -local reaction at injection site--tenderness and pain very temporary. -rare allergic reaction as possible with any vaccine or medicine with hives, wheezing, throat swelling. -potential guillain-barré syndrome: no clear association has been found w/ vaccine but extremely rare random cases noted with : neurological symptoms like muscle weakness, tingling, & numbing sensations. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

VACCINE: SIDE EFFECT: Meningococcal vaccine: current recommendation: 1st dose at 11 years and booster 5 years later. New recommendation is coming to start at two years or as early as 2 mo age in susceptible children, 2 to 4 doses. Side effects: like all other vaccines, some malaise, mild headache, low grade fever, localized redness lasting 1-2 days. ...Read more

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