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meningoencephalitis?


My aunt was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis yesterday and is on a vent in the local icu. We had a family gathering about 17 days ago. Should I be worried about her being contaigious? At that time she just had a sinus/ear infecton. The Dr. is giving her a 50/50 chance of survival. And how long will it be before we will know if she's out of immediate danger?
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You have to look at the source and an ear infection is not contagious. The ears and sinus type infection are more prone, if untreated, in causing a meningitis, or an infection of the meninges of around the brain and spinal cord.

Be patient and give it some time. many people have fully recovered from this. Prayer always helps.  (+ info)

Are there any successful treatments for primary amebic meningoencephalitis?


It is hard to say, because these infections are nearly uniformly fatal. Only 5 survivors of PAM have been reported; this represents approximately 3% of reported cases. The high mortality rate is likely because of the difficulty of diagnosis and poor-to-marginal response to therapy.

The treatment of choice is amphotericin B, at maximally tolerated doses, with adjunctive rifampin and doxycycline. Successful treatment may also require intrathecal amphotericin B. Sulfisoxazole, phenothiazine, and qinghaosu may have some benefit. Studies have suggested some role for azithromycin as an adjunct to amphotericin B. The effectiveness of these treatments remains unproven.

A successful treatment results in a patient who is not dead. Depending on the extent of CNS injury, complications vary among the rare survivors of these infections.  (+ info)

what is meningoencephalitis and what causes it and is it fatal and is it heriditry? pls help worried aunt.?


A brain infection caused by a bacterium -- Meningococcus. The same bacterium causes meningococcal meningitis, which affects the tissue lining the Brain. Unfortunately encephalitis is frequently fatal. It's an infection so not hereditary.  (+ info)

Can humans catch meningoencephalitis or just encephalitis from felines?


My daughter has brought home a kitten, and it's blind. I know that doesn't mean it definitely HAS meningoencephalitis, but I know that the blindness can be caused by an infection (viral, bacterial, or protozoal). I wanted to know if humans can catch anything from a feline (it's a little kitten) specifically meningoencephalitis or encephalitis. I plan to take him to the Vet in the morning, since we don't know what caused him to go blind, or if he has any other health problems. Should I be worried or not?? I've never heard of anyone catching anything from a cat, but you never know.
I guess I should've mentioned that the kitten is about 4-5 months old, he could see when he was born, but a friend of my daughter's took him home and I don't think he cared for him properly. My daughter got the kitten this weekend and his eyes are both blue now (they were green). You can tell by looking at his eyes and the fact that he runs into everything he is blind, sorry I left that out the first time.
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Hi there again... would like to add that there are so many possibilities as to what could've caused the blindness.

Here are a couple websites that may be helpful for you: http://cats.lovetoknow.com/Feline_Blindness
http://www.petplace.com/cats/blindness-in-cats/page2.aspx  (+ info)

I have had a headache for 5 weeks now. I also get twitches in my legs & arms. Any ideas?


I wake with this headache in the morn and subsides with paracetamol but doesn't go completely! I feel dizzy when I walk also. I have been to my doctor who has taken bloodtests which have come back clear.

Finally, just under 2 years ago I was in hospital with Meningoencephalitis. I was in hospital for 6 months and in a pretty bad way.

Any thoughts anyone?
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The answer is - visit your doctor.  (+ info)

what is meningoencephalitis?


meningitis encephalitis difference diagnosis treatment
i would like to know the difference between terms: meningitis, encephalitis, menigoencephalitis and encephalomeningitis. Thanks
The mininges works as a bood-brain barrier, so, just the meninges involves in many cases of meningitis (change of CSF) and the brain is intact (no conscious alteration, no convulsion/paralysis). Thus, we must use the term "meningitis" instead of "encephalomeningitis". In fact, the term "encephalomeningitis" should be used in case of meningitis (change in CSF) accompanied with conscious alteration or convulsion/paralysis status (that the brain is involved).
In the same logic, the term "encephalitis" should be used in cases of conscious alteration or convulsion/paralysis with the normal CSF (that the mininges are intact). And the term "meningoencephalitis" mean "encephalitis" accompanied by the change of CSF. Thanks
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"Acute or chronic inflammation of the arachnoid membrane of the meninges most often involving the spinal cord or base of the brain. This term generally refers to a persistent inflammatory process characterized by thickening of the ARACHNOID membrane and dural adhesions. Associated conditions include prior surgery, infections, trauma, SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE, and chemical irritation. Clinical features vary with the site of inflammation, but include cranial neuropathies, radiculopathies, and myelopathies. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1997, Ch48, p25)"  (+ info)


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