Meningitis is a potentially life-threatening condition, which results in the inflammation of the tissues surrounding the central nervous system. It is triggered mainly by either a bacterium or a virus.

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What are the statistics for meningitis infections in the US for the year 2007?

Adolescents and young adults (especially college age) are at an increased risk to contact a potentially deadly disease called: meningococcal meningitis. The mortality rate with this bacteria is 10-15%. This bacterial microbe spreads from one human to another via respiratory secretions (saliva) - sneezing, coughing, kissing, or sharing items such as water bottles and utensils. Young adults who are at highest risk of transmission include the following 3 categories: 1. crowded living conditions (dormitories) 2. exposure to active and/or passive smoking and 3. a decreased immune system, secondary to poor sleping habits and/or an inadequate diet. The good news is: there is a vaccine available (known as MENACTRA) that can make this disease less likely to spread and occur. Most colleges require it before admission.

What causes chemical meningitis?

I received a lumbar injection between l4-l5 and the injection went to far. The needle penetrated my spinal fluid and was injected into the fluid causing the chemical meningitis. I was hospitalized for four days and still five weeks after the injection i still have effects from the chemical meningitis.

What is septic meningitis in dogs?

This is an inflammation of the meningeal lamina that surrounds the brain and the spine marrow. This is septic, which means "infected".

What are the symptoms of chemical meningitis?

AnswerIdentical of those of bacterial meningitis


  • Fever and chills
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stiff neck (meningismus)
  • Sensitivity to light (phytophobia)

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

  • Decreased Concienciesnous
  • Rapid breathing
  • (severe neck stiffness, ultimately resulting in a characteristic arched posture-seen in infants or small children)
  • Bulging fontanelles (the soft spots in a baby's skull may bulge)
  • Poor feeding or irritability in children
  • Severe pain in legs and/or hands
  • pale skin and blueish lips

What is the least dangerous form of meningitis?

Viral meningitis is the least severe type of meningitis, and patients usually recover with no long-term effects from the infection.

What can scarring of the meninges from meningitis cause?

Scarring of the meninges may result in obstruction of the normal flow of CSF, causing abnormal accumulation of CSF.

How is cryptococcal meningitis spread?

AnswerYes,Crypto/latin for hidden. coccal type of bacterium . mening/itis,means inflamation of the outerlining of the brain tissue, So cryptococcal transmitted by air,coughing,sneezing and talking into close proximity to another person,thus the airborne droplets fly thru the air and are inhaled by other people in the same general area. Severe headaches,sweating,and fever.Cover your nose and mouth when coughing,sneezing to prevent from infecting someone else And REPORT to your closest ER immiedietly. Waiting could cause permenent Brain Damage.

All the facts above are true although a stiff neck is also common. However, I had no symptoms before I woke up in the hospital from a coma approx. 5 days later. I now have permanent brain damage & can no longer work. Here is the most important thing you can do. Get the vaccine.

Adults can get bacterial meningitis. The vaccine is NOT A LIVE VIRUS. Please, take my advice, prevention IS the answer.

Best regards to all.


What is meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection or inflammation of the meninges - the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It may be bacterial, viral, or fungal and is SERIOUS and life threatening. It can cause brain and spinal cord damage and death. Meningitis is characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck. The classic sign is stiff neck (nuchal rigidity). Patients will have their necks flexed backward (toward their backs) and when they are forced into a position where their necks are bent forward (toward their chests), they will have have a positive Brudzinski's sign. ER physicians will also perform a test for Kernig's sign.

It is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges

A disease of the membrane surrounding the brain. (A+LS)

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

Meningitis (viral/bacterial) is still very dangerous as it could affect spine and brain though its uncommon. Most common symptoms are fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck, slow brain, skin rash, body or eye ache.

Can spinal meningitis make you sterile?

Sterility (inability to produce functioning sperm or viable eggs) is not a recognised symptom of any form of meningitis or side-effect of any treatment for it.

If you have any concerns about your ability to conceive, it is worth speaking to your sexual health or family planning practitioner for confidential advice and medical testing - the testing of sperm counts and quality being easy an non-invasive.

Why do you get meningitis?

You get meningitis from sharing drinks with other people, if they have it. It can be deadly too.

But there is a shot for it, and then you can't get it. it is very very very very very very deadly so dont share drinks with other people

Is meningitis lethal?

The prognosis of meningitis varies between the different causative agents. Meningitis is an inflammation of a certain area of the brain, and in some cases, such as meningococcal meningitis, they can kill within 6 hours of the original onset of symptoms.

The middle layer of the meninges?

You have the arachnoid mater is there as the middle layer of the meninges. You have the pia mater as the inner most layer. You have the dura mater as the outer most layer.

Do inflamed meninges allow medicines to cross through them?

Yes. Certain medications are more likely to cross the meninges if the meninges are inflamed. Penicillins work in this way which is why they are so good in the treatment of meningitis. Once the inflammation goes down (so there is no longer a need for antibiotics) then the barrier is restored.

What is the medical term meaning abnormal softening of the meninges?

Meningomalacia; meningo refers to the meninges and -malacia means the abnormal softening of, so the literal definition is meninges, the abnormal softening of.

What are the causes of bacterial meningitis?

It is very rare to get the infection of the meninges, that is meningitis. Here the capillaries have no gap between them. That is called as blood brain barrier. But at times this barrier is broken and the bacteria do enter the meninges. There they multiply to give you bacterial meningitis. The most common bacteria are Menoingococcus, Pneumococcus, Haemophilus influenzae type B and Tuberculous bacteria.

How is spinal meningitis spread?

The bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (i.e., coughing, kissing). I had viral spinal meningitis as a young woman. I was told there are eight types of meningitis-- four types of viral and four types of bacterial. My doctor thought I had been bitten by a mosquito. Though I was not quarentined, to be safe I was given a private room in the hospitol. Others were allowed in without hazmat suits. Wheras bacterial is treatable with antibiotics, it 's onset is so immediate that often it can be too late. Viral meningitis has no treatment and the recovery takes months but is likely.

What is the medical term meaning inflammation of the meninges brain and spinal cord?

The inflammation of the meninges, brain and the spinal cord is meningoencephalomyelitis. Mening/o-meninges encephal/o-brain; Myel/o-spinal cord/ bone marrow; itis-inflammtion.

Meningitis is inflammation of the only the meninges, which are the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis does not encompass the spinal cord and brain.

What is the best therapeutic intervention for someone with malignant narcissism?

CBT is probably the preferred method of counselling a narcissist, but this can only happen if the narcissist knows that something is wrong and WANTS to change. The problem with narcissists is the feeling of being god-like and better than anyone else, to even suggest there is a problem is outrageous and so they turn it around making you the one with the problem who needs help. A very difficult scenario.