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What are the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: Aseptic

Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain.
A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis.

In brief: Aseptic

Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain.
A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Viral meningitis

The symptoms are similar to a bacterial meningitis - headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the eyes from light, stiff neck, and fever.
The spinal tap will show the difference between a bacterial and a viral infection, which often is very uncomfortable, but does not require more serious treatments. Some with viral meningitis will need IV fluids, pain medications, and medication for fever.

In brief: Viral meningitis

The symptoms are similar to a bacterial meningitis - headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the eyes from light, stiff neck, and fever.
The spinal tap will show the difference between a bacterial and a viral infection, which often is very uncomfortable, but does not require more serious treatments. Some with viral meningitis will need IV fluids, pain medications, and medication for fever.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Dr. Gregg Albers
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