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Is there a difference between meningitis and meningococcal infection?
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes
Meningitis is a general term which refers to any process resulting in inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain or spinal cord.
Meningococcal meningitis refers specifically to meningitis caused by the bacteria neisseria meningitidis. Several bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites may cause meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is one of the most severe.

In brief: Yes
Meningitis is a general term which refers to any process resulting in inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain or spinal cord.
Meningococcal meningitis refers specifically to meningitis caused by the bacteria neisseria meningitidis. Several bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites may cause meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is one of the most severe.
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Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Difference
Yes, there is. Meningitis is a syndrome, and the word actually refers to "inflammation of the meninges".
Meningitis can be caused by many things, including infection, cancer, drugs and autoimmune entities among other things. However, the most common cause of meningitis are infections. Meningococcus can cause meningitis, but also sepsis, septic arthritis and bacteremia among other things.

In brief: Difference
Yes, there is. Meningitis is a syndrome, and the word actually refers to "inflammation of the meninges".
Meningitis can be caused by many things, including infection, cancer, drugs and autoimmune entities among other things. However, the most common cause of meningitis are infections. Meningococcus can cause meningitis, but also sepsis, septic arthritis and bacteremia among other things.
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