Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

Yes. It's very rare, but infection in the mastoid can lead to infection of the brain covering or meningitis. True mastoiditis is exceedingly rare and often ct scans and MRI scans which show inflammation in the mastoids are incorrectly interpreted as "mastoiditis.".
Yes. Though quite rare in this day and age, neglected acute mastoiditis can spread into the brain and spinal fluid causing meningitis.

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Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Highly unlikely. It would be extraordinarily difficult to contract spinal meningitis in this manner. But if you have any concerns, it's always better to convey your concerns to your family doctor. Read more...

Will an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Rare but possible. An abscess of the tonsils is actually an abscess in the space around the tonsils, hence the correct name "peritonsillar abscess." the peritonsillar space is a potential space that is made of thin tissue layers called fascia. This space communicates directly with other deep neck spaces, including the pre vertebral space. If the infection tracks into this area, spinal meningitis can develop easily. Read more...
Highly unlikely. There is a chance for anything, but it would be extraordinarily difficult to contract spinal meningitis in this way. Read more...

How do you get spinal meningitis?

Susceptable/exposed. A variety of germs that cause meningitis can be carried by healthy folks in their nose& throat & these folks never get ill. They can pass it on to their environment thru secretions or droplets of a sneeze. A susceptable person then acquires the germ and it invades their system, often thru the sensitive linings of the nasal passages.We're not sure why some get sick & some don't. Read more...
Spread of meningitid. Meningitis as in miningococcal meningitis can be acquired by droplet infection from an infected individual. Insect bites may spread forms of meningencephalitis such as lyme disease affecting the brain, and spread to the brain from an infection elsewhere in the body, such as bacterial ear infection spreading via the blood stream from one area to another. Read more...

Is spinal meningitis common? It seems really scary.

Not common. Fortunately it is not common and with the introduction of the vaccine it has become even less common. Read more...

Is spinal meningitis fatal?

Meningitis. Untreated there will be a very high mortality rate, but if treated, many patients will survive, but the mortality rate will depend upon the causative organism, the rapidity with which therapy is initiated, and the underlying age and health status of the person infected. Read more...

Is spinal meningitis very contagious?

No. Viral meningitis is an unusual complication of a mild viral illness. Meningococcal meningitis causes epidemics in boot camps and college dorms, but the other bacterial meningitis family members aren't catching. Read more...