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  MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Meningitis
Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis is also caused by fungi, chemical irritation, drug allergies, and tumors.
Meningitis is an important cause of fever in newborn children.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/000680.htm   (715 words)

  
  Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
In some cases of bacterial meningitis, the bacteria spread directly to the meninges from a severe nearby infection, such as a serious ear infection (otitis media) or nasal sinus infection (sinusitis).
The symptoms of meningitis vary and depend both on the age of the child and on which bacterium or virus is causing the infection.
kidshealth.org /parent/infections/lung/meningitis.html   (2131 words)

  
  Meningitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes (meninges) covering the brain and the spinal cord.
The "Meningitis Belt" is an area in sub-Saharan Africa which stretches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east in which large epidemics of meningococcal meningitis occur.
In the 19th Century meningitis was a scourge of the Japanese Imperial family, playing the largest role in the horrendous pre-maturity death rate the family endured.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Meningitis   (1418 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Meningitis
Meningitis, inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis may be caused by a physical injury, a reaction to certain drugs, or more commonly, infection by certain viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites.
Meningitis is diagnosed by a lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, in which a doctor inserts a needle into the lower back to obtain a sample of CSF.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761570903/Meningitis.html   (965 words)

  
 Viral Meningitis Facts
Meningitis is an infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain.
Meningitis is usually caused by an infection with a virus or a bacterium.
Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or a bacterium is important because of differences in the seriousness of the illness and the treatment needed.
www.astdhpphe.org /infect/vmenin.html   (488 words)

  
 Meningitis - neurologychannel
Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges that results in swelling of brain tissue and sometimes spinal tissue (spinal meningitis).
The meninges are three ultrathin membranes that surround and protect the brain and a portion of the spinal cord: the outer membrane (dura mater), middle membrane (arachnoid), and inner membrane (pia mater).
Meningitis develops in fewer than 1 in 1000 people who are infected with one of the viruses associated with the condition.
www.neurologychannel.com /meningitis   (484 words)

  
 Child Health Library - Infectious Diseases - Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord.
Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF).
The organisms that cause meningitis usually colonize in a person's respiratory tract and may be transmitted by close contact with persons who may be carrying the infection, or by touching infected objects such as doorknobs, hard surfaces, or toys and then touching the nose, mouth, or eyes.
www.chp.edu /greystone/infectious/meningit.php   (1045 words)

  
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Respiratory and Enteric Viruses Branch
Meningitis is an illness in which there is inflammation of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord.
Viral or "aseptic" meningitis, which is the most common type, is caused by an infection with one of several types of viruses.
About 90% of cases of viral meningitis are caused by members of a group of viruses known as enteroviruses, such as coxsackieviruses and echoviruses.
www.cdc.gov /ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/viral_meningitis.htm   (736 words)

  
 Meningitis: Online References For Health Concerns
Meningitis is characterized by swelling of the meninges; increased pressure inside the skull blocks the flow of blood to the brain, starving the brain of nutrients and oxygen.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining of the brain and spinal cord, and is usually caused by bacteria or viruses.
The inflammation associated with meningitis is caused by a widespread immune response to the invading bacteria or virus.
www.lef.org /protocols/infections/meningitis_01.htm   (3695 words)

  
 Meningitis
Meningitis is a word you might hear on the news.
Meningitis (say: men-un-jye-tus) is a disease involving inflammation (swelling), or irritation, of the meninges.
A person with viral meningitis may still need to be in the hospital for a few days and it may take weeks before he or she is feeling better.
www.kidshealth.org /kid/health_problems/brain/meningitis.html   (1090 words)

  
 Missouri Spinal Meningitis Lawyers – Medical Negligence Attorneys, Failure to Diagnose, Bacterial
Meningitis is almost always caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the spinal fluid.
It’s important to know whether a particular case of meningitis results from a virus or a bacterium because of the differences in the seriousness of the illnesses, and the treatment needed.
Bacterial meningitis is caused by any one of several bacteria, including Group B strep (in newborns), Hemophilus influenzae type b (in babies), meningococcus (mostly in young adults) and pneumococcus (the most common for adults).
www.brownandcrouppen.com /spinal_meningitis.html   (686 words)

  
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Meningitis refers to inflammation, almost always caused by infection, of the membranes that cover the surface of the brain and spinal cord.
Bacterial meningitis is perhaps the most common meningitis that is diagnosed, and generally the most dangerous to small children.
Diagnosis of meningitis is by lumbar puncture or spinal tap.
www.drhull.com /EncyMaster/M/meningitis.html   (195 words)

  
 Meningitis
First of all, meningitis is not the same condition as encephalitis, although they both occur in the brain.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining of the brain and spinal cord, the meninges.
Viral meningitis is usually not as dangerous as bacterial meningitis although the symptoms often appear to be the same.
www.tsbvi.edu /Outreach/seehear/spring01/meningitis.htm   (661 words)

  
 Meningitis and Sepsis
The meninges are membranes that enclose the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis, strictly speaking, is an inflammation of the meninges.
Unfortunately the only way to confirm that meningitis is not bacterial is to culture the spinal fluid (actually the cerebrospinal fluid, since it bathes both the spinal cord and the brain) and see if there are bacteria in it.
www.drreddy.com /shots/meningitis.html   (1730 words)

  
 Meningitis
Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ.
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.
Meningitis cases should be reported to state or local health departments to assure follow-up of close contacts and recognize outbreaks.
www.vidyya.com /archives/meningitis.htm   (844 words)

  
 Meningitis, Conditions and syndromes that can result in deafblindness
The Meningitis Research Foundation is currently funding 2 research projects to look at acquisition and carriage rates of the bacteria in University Students, and whether there are social, psychological or biological factors that increase the risk of meningococcal disease in young people.
Meningitis is a condition in which inflammation of the linging (meninges) of the brain and spinal cord occurs due to a bacterial or viral infection.
Symptoms of meningitis can include: a rash, though this is not present in all cases, drowsiness or impaired consciousness, fever and vomiting, severe headache, stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights.
www.deafblind.com /menindb1.html   (827 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Health | Medical notes | Meningitis and septicaemia
Meningitis is usually caused by either bacteria or a virus.
Meningococcal meningitis, caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, is the most common in the UK and the source of most recent reports.
Many people harbour the bacteria that cause meningitis at the back of their throat and nose without becoming ill, but it is thought people with weakened immune systems may go on to develop the disease.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/medical_notes/98848.stm   (788 words)

  
 eMedicine - Meningitis : Article by Raymund R Razonable, MD
Acute bacterial meningitis denotes a bacterial cause of this syndrome.
The cornerstone in the diagnosis of meningitis is examination of the CSF.
The CSF in syphilitic meningitis is characterized by mild lymphocytic pleocytosis.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic2613.htm   (11895 words)

  
 Meningitis
Meningitis is an infection which causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis is also caused by fungi, chemical irritation or drug allergies, and tumors.
Acute bacterial meningitis is a true medical emergency, and requires immediate hospital-based treatment.
www.healthscout.com /ency/1/000680.html   (355 words)

  
 Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord, usually due to the spread of an infection.
Meningitis usually results from a viral infection, but the cause also may be a bacterial infection.
When pneumococcal meningitis is associated with an ear infection, it's not always clear which came first — the meningitis or the ear infection — because they usually occur together.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00118.html   (2169 words)

  
 Meningitis
Meningitis results from the inflammation of the meninges (the thin membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord).
Viral meningitis can be caused by several types of viruses, but by far the most common are enteroviruses (which cause stomach flu and multiply in the intestinal tract).
Complications of meningitis may include hearing loss, seizures, cerebral edema (brain swelling), weakness on one side of the body, speech problems, visual impairment or blindness, difficulty coordinating movements, trouble breathing, respiratory arrest, and recurring meningitis.
www.umm.edu /altmed/ConsConditions/Meningitiscc.html   (2187 words)

  
 Medinfo: Meningitis
Meningitis is an infection of the covering layers of the brain (meninges).
Meningitis can be caused by various sorts of infection, with a virus, with a bacterium, and even with fungi.
Viral meningitis is usually considered to be benign, and is a fairly common complication of virus infections.
www.medinfo.co.uk /conditions/meningitis.html   (547 words)

  
 InteliHealth:
Meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection of the coverings (meninges) of the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis is diagnosed by testing some of the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord for disease-causing bacteria or infection-fighting cells.
Viral meningitis is treated much like the flu, with rest and plenty of fluids, and you should recover in a week to 10 days.
www.intelihealth.com /IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9339/10302.html   (748 words)

  
 MENINGITIS
Meningitis is a very serious illness, and it is important for parents to understand the symptoms and when to seek medical attention.
It is an infection of the lining (meninges) and the fluid that cover the outside of the brain and spinal cord.
Often it is not clear whether a person has bacterial or viral meningitis until the lab runs the 24 to 72 hour culture tests.
www.askdrsears.com /html/8/T083700.asp   (1410 words)

  
 Understand meningitis and septicaemia - Meningitis Research Foundation
We fund research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes.
You can order from Meningitis Research Foundation's life-saving range of symptoms information for the public and materials for health professionals to help with diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the diseases by clicking here.
Meningitis Research Foundation's 2007 research grant round is now open.
www.meningitis.org   (359 words)

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