Meningitis, Bacterial

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  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Pyogenic Meningitis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Bacterial Meningitis is a central nervous system disease caused by certain types of bacteria. Meningitis is characterized by inflammation of the membranes (meninges) around the brain or spinal cord. Inflammation can begin suddenly (acute) or develop gradually (subacute). Major symptoms may include fever, headache, and a stiff neck, sometimes with aching muscles. Nausea, vomiting and other symptoms may occur.


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National Meningitis Association
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Child Brain Injury Trust
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United Kingdom
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Last Updated:  5/11/2009
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