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What long term effects of meningitis are common?

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 the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated ...Read more

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What are some long-term effects of meningitis?

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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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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What side effects are associated with the meningitis vaccine?

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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What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

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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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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