Meningitis

Common Name(s)

Meningitis

Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meninges) that is caused by an infection. The main symptoms of meningitis include headache, fever, and stiff neck, which can often be confused with the flu (influenza). Meningitis is typically caused by a viral infection. However, bacterial infections, fungal infections, chemical reactions, drug allergies, some types of cancer, and inflammatory diseases can also cause meningitis. The severity, outcome and, treatment plan depend on the cause of the infection. Viral meningitis is usually caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses, and it is contracted mostly during the late summer and early fall. Bacterial meningitis can be caused by any number of bacteria, but the most common include pneumococcus, meningococcus, haemophilus, and listeria.

In addition to headache, fever, and stiff neck, additional symptoms can include vomiting, trouble sleeping or staying awake, sensitivity to light and seizures. Risk factors for meningitis include living in crowded conditions, not receiving immunizations, being pregnant, and having a weak immune system. Meningitis is usually diagnosed through a variety of tests, including blood cultures (to see if bacteria is present in your blood), and imaging of the head (using x-rays and CT scans) to look for swelling or inflammation. Most cases of meningitis can be diagnosed by removing a small amount of spinal fluid (spinal tap or lumbar puncture) to look for evidence of an infection or inflammation. Treatment depends on the cause of the meningitis. Bacterial meningitis calls for immediate treatment with antibiotics to get rid of the infection and steroids to reduce the inflammation. Most cases of viral meningitis improve without treatment. Fungal meningitis is treated with antifungal medications. If you or someone you know have signs or symptoms of meningitis, talk to your physician immediately.

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Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc.

Our mission is to support sufferers of meningitis and their families through support groups, advocate for advanced research for the prevention and the long term effects of various meningitis strains as well as facilitating programs to educate the public

Last Updated: 8 Oct 2014

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Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc.

Our mission is to support sufferers of meningitis and their families through support groups, advocate for advanced research for the prevention and the long term effects of various meningitis strains as well as facilitating programs to educate the public

http://www.musa.org

Last Updated: 8 Oct 2014

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Meningitis" returned 3112 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Aseptic meningitis following a bupivacaine spinal anesthesia.
 

Author(s): Nawfal Doghmi, Amine Meskine, Aziz Benakroute, Mustapha Bensghir, Abdelouahed Baite, Charki Haimeur

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Spinal anesthesia complicated by meningitis is rare. The diagnosis is difficult and the clinical signs are unspecific. There is a subgroup called aseptic meningitis of a different mechanism (hypersensitive reaction and irritation of the meninges), which must be identified for appropriate ...

Last Updated: 14 Sep 2017

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Acute versus subacute community-acquired meningitis: Analysis of 611 patients.
 

Author(s): Tarek Sulaiman, Lucrecia Salazar, Rodrigo Hasbun

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Sep;96(36):e7984.

 

Community-acquired meningitis can be classified into acute and subacute presentations by the duration of illness of ≤ or >5 days, respectively. There are currently no studies comparing the clinical features, management decisions, etiologies, and outcomes between acute and subacute ...

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2017

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Diagnostic value of lactate, procalcitonin, ferritin, serum-C-reactive protein, and other biomarkers in bacterial and viral meningitis: A cross-sectional study.
 

Author(s): Anahita Sanaei Dashti, Shekoofan Alizadeh, Abdullah Karimi, Masoomeh Khalifeh, Seyed Abdolmajid Shoja

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Sep;96(35):e7637.

 

There are many difficulties distinguishing bacterial from viral meningitis that could be reasonably solved using biomarkers. The aim of this study was to evaluate lactate, procalcitonin (PCT), ferritin, serum-CRP (C-reactive protein), and other known biomarkers in differentiating ...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2017

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The terms "Meningitis" returned 214 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Diagnosis and Management of Leukemic and Lymphomatous Meningitis.
 

Author(s): Hemant Murthy, Claudio Anasetti, Ernesto Ayala

Journal: Cancer Control. 2017 Jan;24(1):33-41.

 

Leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis is a major presentation of primary or secondary central nervous system (CNS) involvement by aggressive lymphomas or acute leukemia.

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2017

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Neoplastic Meningitis Due to Lung, Breast, and Melanoma Metastases.
 

Author(s): Emilie Le Rhun, Sophie Taillibert, Marc C Chamberlain

Journal: Cancer Control. 2017 Jan;24(1):22-32.

 

Neoplastic meningitis, a central nervous system (CNS) complication of cancer metastatic to the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), is relevant to oncologists due to the impact of the disease on patient quality of life and survival rates.

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2017

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Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Radiological Findings of Neoplastic Meningitis.
 

Author(s): Georgios Rigakos, Chrysoula I Liakou, Naillid Felipe, Dennis Orkoulas-Razis, Evangelia Razis

Journal: Cancer Control. 2017 Jan;24(1):9-21.

 

Neoplastic meningitis is a complication of solid and hematological malignancies. It consists of the spread of malignant cells to the leptomeninges and subarachnoid space and their dissemination within the cerebrospinal fluid.

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2017

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Daptomycin in Pediatric Patients With Bacterial Meningitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningitis

 

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2017

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Efficacy of Intrathecal Administration of Liposomal Amphotericin B in Cryptococcal Meningitis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Cryptococcal Meningitis

 

Last Updated: 16 Feb 2016

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Improving the Diagnosis of Meningitis in Emergency Rooms
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Meningitis

 

Last Updated: 3 Aug 2016

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