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Glossary for Fungal meningitis

  • Acute meningitis: Acute meningitis is an inflammation of the brain that presents in an acute fashion. The inflammation may be the result of infective agents such as bacteria, viruses and fungi as well as non-infective agents such as certain drugs. Acute forms of meningitis can develop in within hours or days whereas chronic meningitis develops over weeks or months.
  • Blurred vision: Blurriness of vision or images.
  • Brain conditions: Medical conditions that affect the brain
  • Brain damage: Damage to the brain from various causes
  • Brain infection: Infection of the brain including encephalitis
  • Candidiasis: Fungal infection of moist areas such as mouth or vagina
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Confusion: Mental confusion and impaired thinking.
  • Cryptococcosis: A fungal infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans which primarily affects the central nervous system and the lungs. People with weakened immune systems such as AIDS sufferers are generally more susceptible to this type of infection.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Dehydration: Loss of fluids in the body
  • Difficulty talking: Where ones has a problem with communicating through speech
  • Fungal infections: Any condition caused by fungus.
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Headache: In medicine a headache or cephalalgia is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and sometimes neck. Some of the causes are benign while others are medical emergencies. It ranks among the most common pain complaints
  • Irritability: Excessive feelings of annoyance or frustration.
  • Jequier-Deonna Syndrome: A very rare condition described in two sisters. It is characterized by vision and hearing problems and incoordination.
  • Learning disabilities: Various developmental problems impairing learning or schooling.
  • Meningitis: Dangerous infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.
  • Nervous system conditions: Diseases affecting the nerves and the nervous system.
  • Nuchal rigidity: nuchal rigidity or neck stiffness is tested by placing the examiner's hand under the patient's head and gently trying to flex the neck. Undue resistance implies diffuse irritation of the cervical nerve roots from meningeal inflammation
  • Paralysis: The loss of motor function due to dysfunction of the spinal cord
  • Photophobia: An exaggerated or irrational fear of light.
  • Seizures -- intellectual deficit due to hydroxylysinuria: A rare syndrome characterized by mental retardation, seizures and high levels of hydroxylysine in the urine.
  • Stiff neck: Reduced mobility of the neck
  • Tiredness: Feeling tired either physically or mentally
  • Tuberculous meningitis: Tuberculous meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord caused by Koch's bacillus.

 

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