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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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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with bacterial meningitis?

I'm concerned. What symptoms go with bacterial meningitis?

Please see below.: Symptoms of meningitis (bacterial or viral) include severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and fever. If you think you may have meningitis, please get checked by your doctor or the er now. ...Read more

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If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

Meningitis: If you actually have bacterial meningitis the rate of its progression depends upon the organism and the individual who gets it. With fast and effective treatment your chances of fully recovery are good. Without treatment, time to death is again variable. ...Read more

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How is bacterial meningitis treated?

How is bacterial meningitis treated?

Antibiotics: Usually with high doses of intravenous antibiotics, sometimes accompanied by steroids. ...Read more

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I think I have bacterial meningitis?

I think I have bacterial meningitis?

Hopefully not...: But if you think so, get taken to the hospital now. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating bacterial meningitis?

Yes: They vary by age of patient and severity of illness, but they always include antibiotics, almost always a spinal tap, and sometimes steroids. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted. ...Read more

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Can bacterial meningitis be treated?

Yes: Most are initially treated with several different antibiotics at high doses until lab data shows which med would do the best job acting alone. Early diagnosis & treatment permit the best outcome. There is a risk of complications in all which very with the type of germ & speed of detection and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection: Don't 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 can one get bacterial meningitis?

How can one get bacterial meningitis?

Germ + invasion: Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection. ...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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How is bacterial meningitis transmitted?

Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities.
There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include haemophilus influenzae (most often caused by type b, hib). ...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

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How do people catch bacterial meningitis?

How do people catch bacterial meningitis?

Exposure/susceptable: It's puzzeling but some people can cary meningitis germs in their nose or throat & never get ill. We can get exposed to droplets in a sneeze, cough, kiss or mucous planted on a door handle. Touching our face with unwashed fingers carries germs that gain entrance to our nose/mouth/eye & if susceptabe, the germ begins to invade. We have cut the #'s of kid cases with vaccines & many adults could benifit. ...Read more

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How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

What are symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Do you mean symptoms: Fever, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in thinking, level of consciousness, and so on. If you think you are getting meningitis go see a doctor asap instead of trying to diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Yes: Although it is thankfully rare, it can be life threatening. Generally a baby with meningitis will be extremely ill. Obviously, if you ever have such a concern, have your baby evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Inflammation accounts for some symptoms of bacterial meningitis such as headache, sensitivity to light, and neck stiffness. Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include difficulty thinking clearly, fever greater than 101*f, generalized aches and pains, irritability, loss of appetite, lethargy, rash, rapid heart beat, and seizure. ...Read more

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How long can bacterial meningitis last for?

How long can bacterial meningitis last for?

Bacterial meningitis: Acute bacterial meningitis usually presents within 24 hours of the start of infection due to the severity of symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics can rapidly clear the bacterial infection, but neurologic sequelae can persist for days to weeks or longer, and in some cases may be permanent. ...Read more

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How common is bacterial meningitis in the US?

How common is bacterial meningitis in the US?

Meningococcal rates: Approximately 800-1, 500 cases of meningococcal disease occur annually in the United States. Rates are decreasing due to improvement in vaccination programs. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis: The symptoms depend on the age of the patient. In children & babies they may not be able to tell us about their symptoms. They maye fever, vomitig lethargy or not feed well. Children however may be far progressed before their symptoms come to be noticed. If your child is not neuologically ame as routine & has fever you should have him/her be checked asap. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

What are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Headache Plus: Headache occurs in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Stiff neck occurs in at least 85% of people with meningitis
fever and chills occur in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Vomiting occurs in about 35% of people with meningitis
fear of bright lights (photophobia)
confusion seizures history of a recent upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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Which the the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Which the the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

Like the flu: Great question. Bacteria causesinflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can also lead to flu- symptoms such as headache, fever, malaise, nausea, and vomiting. Light sensitivity can also occur (photophobia). ...Read more

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Describe the features of bacterial meningitis.?

Describe the features of bacterial meningitis.?

Fever & headache: Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous, often life-threatening disease. It is an infection of the covering of the brain. Most have fever, malaise, headache, and pain when bending chin down to chest. Some patients have purple, blotchy rashes. If you susepct meninigits, go quickly to your closest emergency room. Fortunaely, some types are preventable with vaccines. ...Read more

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Bacterial meningitis and sleepness, what to do?

Be seen: I am not sure what you are asking. Has meningitis been diagnosed and treated and still sleepy? It is part of recovery. Sleepy and suspect meningitis- be seen now. Once recovering acupuncture and chinese medicine can help recovery. ...Read more

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How often do people die from bacterial meningitis?

How often do people die from bacterial meningitis?

Roughly 20-25%: In adults, the mortality can range somewhere roughly between 20-25% of patients who acquire bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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Are there any other names for bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: In the past, before doctors understood the infectious nature of meningitis it was often called brain fever. ...Read more

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How much time can you live with bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis: THere is no one answer. Depends on the bacteria and on the person. Some meningococcal and pneumococcal meningitis cases may progress to death within a matter of hours. Very much depends, too, on how quickly the diagnosis is made and treatment started. THe quicker the treatment, the better the chances. ...Read more

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How long could it take to die from bacterial meningitis?

Not long, just hours: Left untreated, bacterial meningitis is deadly, leading to death in hours to days. Even when treated appropriately, the risk of death still remains very high at 10%. Neurologic complications can occur despite the best of intentions. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/meningitis/ds00118 & http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/meningitis/hic_bacterial_meningitis. Aspx for more information. ...Read more

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Help! Can bacterial meningitis spread from dog to human?

No: There is no evidence that humans contract bacterial meningitis from contact with dogs suffering from meningitis. ...Read more

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What are significant signs of acute bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, alterations in sensorium, neurological deficits, and so on. ...Read more

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Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more

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What are the ways that bacterial meningitis is transmitted?

How you get meningit: The bacteria that cause meningitis can be transmitted by droplet infection, such as Meningococcal meningitis. Some by direct spread from an infected area such as an ear infection. Sepsis, a generalized infection in an immune compromised patient may spread to the brain. Penetrating wounds of the head may lead to meningitis. ...Read more

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What do doctors do once they diagnose bacterial meningitis?

What do doctors do once they diagnose bacterial meningitis?

Antibiotics: Bacterial meningitis would always be treated with antibiotics. The initial antibiotics would be chosen to cover multiple different types of bacteria. However, if cultures from the spinal fluid grow a specific type of bacteria the treatment would be adjusted to target that organism. Depending on the severity of meningitis some patients may need rehabilitation. ...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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