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Can you have bacterial meningitis without having a fever?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Highly unlikely

The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, head ache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures.
Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis . It would be very unusual to have bacterial meningitis without a fever. This would only occur in the very elderly or the severely immunosuppressed.

In brief: Highly unlikely

The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, head ache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures.
Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis . It would be very unusual to have bacterial meningitis without a fever. This would only occur in the very elderly or the severely immunosuppressed.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Uncommon, but not unheard of.
Elderly patients sometimes present with change in mental status only.

In brief: Yes

Uncommon, but not unheard of.
Elderly patients sometimes present with change in mental status only.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Very,Very Rarely

Almost always, bacterial meningitis is accompanied by fever and the patient has serious symptoms such as severe headaches, stiff neck, vomiting, occasional loss of of consciousness.
But I have seen it without fever in children.

In brief: Very,Very Rarely

Almost always, bacterial meningitis is accompanied by fever and the patient has serious symptoms such as severe headaches, stiff neck, vomiting, occasional loss of of consciousness.
But I have seen it without fever in children.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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