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Symptoms of Bacterial meningitis

Symptoms of Bacterial meningitis: Introduction

The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can resemble symptoms of other diseases, such as influenza. Possible symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, irritability, and nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms can develop rapidly and dramatically, within minutes to hours. Fever can be very high and the headache can be intense. There may also be sensitivity to light, and a purple or red rash may appear.

In infants, signs of bacterial meningitis can include excessive crying, excessive sleepiness, difficulty with feeding, and a bulging of the soft spot on the top of the head.

Symptoms can progress rapidly and become life threatening, especially in cases of acute bacterial meningitis. The resulting symptoms include confusion, lethargy, seizures, loss of consciousness, and coma. Death may occur within days.

Serious complications of bacterial meningitis include kidney failure and permanent neurological damage, such as blindness, hearing loss, brain damage, and paralysis....more about Bacterial meningitis »

Symptoms of Bacterial meningitis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Bacterial meningitis includes the 38 symptoms listed below:

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Bacterial meningitis: Complications

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Diagnostic Testing

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Bacterial meningitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Bacterial meningitis?

The list of other diseases or medical conditions that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses for Bacterial meningitis includes:

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Bacterial meningitis: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Bacterial meningitis: Commonly occurs in children aged 1-23 months and in adults older than 60 years

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Bacterial meningitis. This signs and symptoms information for Bacterial meningitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Bacterial meningitis signs or Bacterial meningitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Bacterial meningitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Bacterial meningitis symptoms.


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