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If you have meningitis as a child can you suffer from learning disabilities as an adult?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Depending on how severe the infection was, a child can have brain damage resulting in many problems including learning differences.

In brief: Yes

Depending on how severe the infection was, a child can have brain damage resulting in many problems including learning differences.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

The fact that meningitis targets areas near brain tissue makes functional impairments later in life a possibility.
The type of meningitis often determines risk, with the bacterial forms much more likely than viral forms( with few exceptions) to produce a given complication. Quick recognition & treatment minimizes complications in most.

In brief: Possibly

The fact that meningitis targets areas near brain tissue makes functional impairments later in life a possibility.
The type of meningitis often determines risk, with the bacterial forms much more likely than viral forms( with few exceptions) to produce a given complication. Quick recognition & treatment minimizes complications in most.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Yes

The extent of learning problems resulting from meningitis awaits the child being old enough to meet specific demands in school, such as developing reading and math competence, executive functions etc.

In brief: Yes

The extent of learning problems resulting from meningitis awaits the child being old enough to meet specific demands in school, such as developing reading and math competence, executive functions etc.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Specific Learning

Disorder with impairment in reading, written expression &/or math in a school-age child with an average or above-average IQ begins in the developmental period before age 18, as does Intellectual Disabilty, halving an IQ & adaptive skills are < 70 on standardized tests.
Both last through adulthood, whether the cause is a genetic disorder,tumor, trauma, infection or environmental adversity.

In brief: Specific Learning

Disorder with impairment in reading, written expression &/or math in a school-age child with an average or above-average IQ begins in the developmental period before age 18, as does Intellectual Disabilty, halving an IQ & adaptive skills are < 70 on standardized tests.
Both last through adulthood, whether the cause is a genetic disorder,tumor, trauma, infection or environmental adversity.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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In brief: Yes

Hearing loss is the most common long-term complication.

In brief: Yes

Hearing loss is the most common long-term complication.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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