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Is meningitis a dangerous disease?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on agent
Meningitis is defined as an inflamation(generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic.Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx.

In brief: Depends on agent
Meningitis is defined as an inflamation(generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic.Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It can be
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain.
Some cases are mild and with minimal symptoms. Some cases can kill before treatment can be given. The most important issue is index of suspicion. If symptoms suggest meningitis, spinal tap must be performed and treatment started for the most likely etiology. With appropriate management there can be excellent outcome.

In brief: It can be
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain.
Some cases are mild and with minimal symptoms. Some cases can kill before treatment can be given. The most important issue is index of suspicion. If symptoms suggest meningitis, spinal tap must be performed and treatment started for the most likely etiology. With appropriate management there can be excellent outcome.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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