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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Bacteria more: Destructive. This is a difference in the biology of the pathogenicity of bacteria vs. Viruses. Bacteria induce stronger inflammatory response, release more toxins, enzymes etc. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Many reasons: Bacterial menningitis usually results in pus in the meninges which causes damage it also affects the blood vessels which can cause strokes. ...Read more

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What are the differences between viral and bacterial meningitis?

What are the differences between viral and bacterial meningitis?

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 more

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What are the differences in the CSF of viral and bacterial meningitis?

What are the differences in the CSF of viral and bacterial meningitis?

The # of WBCs: bacterial meningitis have hundreds, if not thousands, of WBCs per high powered field whereas viral meningitis usually has less than 150. Bacterial has decreased glucose and increased protein. And, of course, viral does not have bacteria. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the type of meningitis. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis?

Lab work: Blood work and the results of a spinal tap are the definitive way to differentiate between bacterial and viral meningitis. ...Read more

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If one has viral meningitis, do they have a higher chance of getting bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Likely not as I have not seen a patient that has both types of meningitis in over thirty years. While possible very highly unlikely. ...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)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more