Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by bacteria or viruses (viral meningitis is also called aseptic meningitis). Less common causes include fungi, protozoa, and other parasites. Sometimes certain medications, cancers, or other diseases can inflame the meninges, although such noninfectious cases of meningitis are much rarer.

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Meningitis Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... It''s easy to mistake the early signs and symptoms of meningitis for the flu. They may develop over a period of one or two days, but some types of meningitis can prove fatal in a matter of days. If yo...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Bacteria, viruses and fungi all can cause meningitis. Identifying the source of the infection is an important part of developing a treatment plan. Bacterial meningitis A number of strains of bacteria ...
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Meningitis Prevention

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Prevention
... Some types of meningitis are contagious. You may be exposed to the bacteria when someone with meningitis coughs or sneezes. The bacteria can also spread through kissing or sharing eating utensils, a t...
Source: MayoClinic

Meningitis Treatment

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Complications
... The complications of meningitis can be severe. The longer you or your child has the disease without treatment, the greater the risk of seizures and of permanent neurologic damage, including hearing lo...
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Treatment
... Acute bacterial meningitis requires prompt treatment with intravenous antibiotics to ensure recovery and reduce the risk of complications. The antibiotic or combination of antibiotics chosen depends o...
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Meningitis Other

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Chronic Meningitis
... What is meningitis? Meningitis is an infection of the membranes (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a bacterial, fungal or viral infection. Meningitis can be ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Viral Meningitis
... What is meningitis? Meningitis is an infection of the membranes (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a bacterial, fungal or viral infection. Meningitis can be ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Meningitis Treatment

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Meningitis
... Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the three meninges, which are thin membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The infection can be caused by either a virus or bacteria. Hemophilus ...
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Meningitis Articles

  • Arachnoiditis Information Page
    ... Arachnoiditis describes a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of the spinal cord. The arachnoid can become inflamed bec...
  • Encephalitis and Meningitis Information Page
    ... Encephalitis and meningitis are inflammatory diseases of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and are caused by bacterial or viral infections. Viral meningitis is sometimes called ase...
  • Meningococcal Disease
    ... Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial disease characterized by sudden onset with fever; intense headache; nausea and often vomiting; stiff neck; and, frequently, a petechial rash with pink macul...

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