What is the treatment for meningococcal disease?

Intensive care. Intensive care hospitalization, IV antibiotics, IV fluids, transfusions, respiratory and vascular support. Many prayers. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002325/.

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Can there be any treatment available for meningococcal disease?

There are. There are Vaccines for prevention and Antibiotics to treat the infection. The problem is that once infected, if untreated, the infection can progress quickly and dangerously. http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/ Read more...

What are the treatments available for meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal diseas. Prevention of the disease is more important. A Meningococcal vaccine is now available for children aged 11 years and over- taken in 2 doses about 5 years apart. A new vaccine is also now available for infants given as early as 6 weeks of life. Treatment is usually extensive and includes IV fluids, antibiotics, steroids and other medications to maintain blood pressure. Read more...

Can meningococcal disease be cured?

Yes. Early diagnosis & treatment with antibiotics can cure Meningococcal disease within 5 days in some cases but often takes longer. Delay in diagnosis & treatment will increase risks of complications.In some patients the disease can move so rapidly that patients expire within hours in spite of all efforts. Read more...

What are the symptoms of meningococcal disease?

Sick fast. Fever (high) , headache, muscle pain, anxiety, lethargy, shock, loss of consciousness, and the "rash." petechia (small round blood spots) and purpura (large irregular purple splotches). The inclosed picture is an end stage of the rash. Death occurs frequently with meningiococcal disease. If you are suspicious that you have this problem, seek medical care immediately. Read more...

What to do if you think someone has meningococcal disease?

Meningococcaldisease. Rapid diagnosis is very important and immediate treatment is essential so if Meningococcal disease is suspected, send the patient promptly to a doctor. The er is preferred to initiate prompt testing and treatment with antibiotics and other medications needed to stabilize his condition. These patients are usually very sick and can worsen very quickly and die within hours. Read more...

Is there a name of the organism that causes meningococcal disease?

N.meningitis. The specific name of the germ is neisseria meningitis which has about 13 or so separate strains based on characteristics of its cell wall. Five strains are generally implicated in the meningitis or blood poisoning(sepsis) world wide. Read more...
Neisseria Meningitid. Meningitis causes by the organism neisseria meningitidis is sometimes referred to as Meningococcal meningitis. Read more...

So not all meningitis is caused by n. Meningitis? And not all "meningococcal disease" is meningitis?

No. There are a number of bacteria beside n. Meningitidis that can cause meningitis. The most common manifestation of Meningococcal infection is 'flu-like illness.' meningitis by n. Meningitidis is easily treatable and serious neurologic sequelae is uncommon. Read more...

Should I be worried about meningococcal disease? I've never kissed anyone or been kissed and should I get the shots to prevent it? 22 y.O female.

Meningococcal vacine. Nope. This vaccine is very toxic, does not last very long and is only given in extreme situations by the local public health authorities. If you have any question your local public health department will have their local recommendations if there is any outbreak of bacterial meningitis where you live. Read more...
Situation dependent. If you are in dorms, dining halls or other such settings the vaccine is a good barrier against meningococcus. This germ can kill in 24 hours and is often seen in close communal settings.All my patients get it first around 10-12 and again as part of their college prep. You don't get much warning with this disease. Read more...