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Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Definition)

Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to ...Read more


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Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Highly unlikely: It would be extraordinarily difficult to contract spinal meningitis in this manner. But if you have any concerns, it's always better to convey your concerns to your family doctor. ...Read more

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Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Yes: It's very rare, but infection in the mastoid can lead to infection of the brain covering or meningitis. True mastoiditis is exceedingly rare and often ct scans and MRI scans which show inflammation in the mastoids are incorrectly interpreted as "mastoiditis.". ...Read more

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Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Depends: Meningitis means inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal column. When caused by infection transmission from person to person depends upon which organism is the causative agent. Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) may be highly communicable with close contact. Epidemics seen in institutions, military training camps, schools and within family units. ...Read more

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Long term effects of spinal meningitis?

Spinal meningitis: Long term effects of spinal meningitis are related to how severe the infection was to the patient. A mild or even moderate infection can leave no long term effects. In the more severe and prolonged cases of meningitis the effects can be potentially severe. Early and aggressive antibiotic therapy is key to reducing long term effects. ...Read more

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Why can spinal meningitis cause hearing loss?

Cochlea damage: Sensorineural hearing loss develops during the earliest stages of meningitis. Permanent deafness is rare but 10% of patients have rapidly reversible cochlear dysfunction. This may progress to permanent deafness if not treated promptly. The cochlea is identified as the site of the lesion in both the permanent sensorineural and reversible impairments. ...Read more

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Where can I go to learn more about spinal meningitis treatment?

Medscape,nih: There several spinal meningitis with several treatment options----if you want to know all search pubmed. ...Read more

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How can spinal meningitis affect older adults?

How can  spinal meningitis affect older adults?

Dangerous: In the elderly, the flagrant fever, stiff neck, etc, may be relatively absent or minimal, and perhaps only the acute onset of confusion and disorientation, with headache, may be witnessed. However, as insidious as the presentation may be, a bacterial meningitis by even a bug such as listeria, can be deadly, without appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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