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Are the symptoms of meningitis and shaken baby syndrome similar in any way?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

They both can cause change in consciousness, seizures, brain damage.

In brief: Yes

They both can cause change in consciousness, seizures, brain damage.
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Dr. Audrey Paul
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Both meningitis and shaken baby can present with seizures and altered mental status.
Meningitis, however, usually presents with fever. Newborns and infants do not even have to have fever and can present with low temperature or change in mental status with meningitis, so to answer your question it can be difficult to tell without additional studies like ct scans and spinal fluid results.

In brief: Possibly

Both meningitis and shaken baby can present with seizures and altered mental status.
Meningitis, however, usually presents with fever. Newborns and infants do not even have to have fever and can present with low temperature or change in mental status with meningitis, so to answer your question it can be difficult to tell without additional studies like ct scans and spinal fluid results.
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