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Signs of Meningitis

Symptoms of Meningitis

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Meningitis may include:

Note that Meningitis symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Meningitis signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Meningitis:

NINDS Encephalitis and Meningitis Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Symptoms, which may appear suddenly, often include high fever, severe and persistent headache, stiff neck, nausea, and vomiting. Changes in behavior such as confusion, sleepiness, and difficulty waking up are extremely important symptoms and may require emergency treatment. In infants symptoms of meningitis may include irritability or tiredness, poor feeding and fever. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Encephalitis and Meningitis Information Page: NINDS)

Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD (Excerpt)

High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. In newborns and small infants, the classic symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to detect, and the infant may only appear slow or inactive, or be irritable, have vomiting, or be feeding poorly. As the disease progresses, patients of any age may have seizures. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease (General): DBMD)

Viral (Aseptic) Meningitis: DVRD (Excerpt)

The symptoms of meningitis may not be the same for every person.  The more common symptoms are fever, severe headache, stiff neck, bright lights hurt the eyes, drowsiness or confusion, and nausea and vomiting. In babies, the symptoms are more difficult to identify.  They may include fever, fretfulness or irritability, difficulty in awakening the baby, or the baby refuses to eat. (Source: excerpt from Viral (Aseptic) Meningitis: DVRD)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

Meningitis and encphalitis headaches are caused by infections of meninges-the brain's outer covering-and in encephalitis, inflammation of the brain itself. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

More Symptoms of Meningitis:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Meningitis article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Meningitis?

The phrase "signs of Meningitis" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Meningitis that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Meningitis" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Meningitis.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Meningitis. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Meningitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Meningitis signs or Meningitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of 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 Meningitis symptoms.


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