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What Is The Difference Between Meningococcal Sepsis And Meningococcal Meningitis
Yes: Meningitis is a general term which refers to any process resulting in inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain or spinal cord. Meningococcal meningitis refers specifically to meningitis caused by the bacteria neisseria meningitidis. Several bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites may cause meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is one of the most severe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Location, location: The meninges is a thick set of membranes that cover the brain. There is fluid within these membranes that can become infected. There may be some spread into vessels that go into the brain. The encephalon is the brain cells. If infection affects the meninges it is meningitis. If the infection gets into brain cells, it is encephalitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in the bloodstream; bacteremia can be a cause of sepsis. Some people consider septicemia & bacteremia synonyms; others consider septicemia & sepsis synonyms. This can be confusing, so many prefer not to use the term 'septicemia' at all anymore. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Location: Meningitis is infammation of the tissue covering our brains. There are a number of causes including infections, which also include a bacteria called meningococcus.Septicemia is when the infection is actively moving in the bloodstream allowing it to spread to many parts of the body. Both are very serious and life threatening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause and effect: Meningococcus is a bacteria capable of rapidly causing disease of the nervous system and death. It is also highly contagious. Meningitis is common result of meningococcus but can be due to other causes. Meningitis (a serious disorder) is an inflammatory condition of the lining membrane of brain and spinal cord, usually caused by bacteria and often severely disabling or fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection in the brain. It can be caused by various things like bacteria and viruses. The flu is caused by a virus and it can cause multiple types of illnesses and symptoms including sore throats, aches and pains, vomiting, diarrhea. Meningitis and the flu are very different, but it's best to get checked by your doctor if your symptoms are concerning. ...Read more
The germ: Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different ( they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. ( like flu) symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different germs: Bacterial meningitis is bad and can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, . . ., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is so serious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Definitions: "Bacteremia" means "bacteria in the blood." "Septicemia" is an older term for what we now call "severe sepsis" or "septic shock." Severe sepsis or septic shock is an exaggerated inflammatory response in the body from an infection. Any infection can cause severe sepsis or septic shock. Many times, "bacteremia" is a cause of severe sepsis/septic shock. Prompt treatment is essential for recovery. ...Read more
Dead in 24 hours: This is a devastatingly horrific disease. Patients go from initial fever, to very ill, to fulminant sepsis, hypotension, shock and death within 24 to 48 hours. When patients call at night after three days of fever in a small child, we pediatricians actually breath a sigh of relief. "This is not a child with meningitis, we think to ourselves" We are always more concerned about new onset fever ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Place: Diphtheria is an illness caused by toxigenic strains of corynebacterium diphteriae which may affect the skin or resp. Tract. Important sites of infection are the respiratory mucosa (respiratory diphtheria) and the skin (cutaneous diphtheria). Rarely, the mucosa of the eye, ear, or genitals may be affected. The incubation period is typically 2 to 7 days, occasionally longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Special testing: Pneumonia is a general term for any lung infection caused by a variety of pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus or parasites). Tuberculosis (TB) is a very specific type of infection caused by a unique bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tb may occasionally spread outside the lung affecting almost any other part of the body. Special testing in a lab is required to prove that someone has tb. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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