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Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is also referred to as spinal meningitis.

Meningitis most commonly is from bacteria or viruses.

Meningitis infection is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. Other symptoms include
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Altered mental status

Diagnosis of meningitis occurs through a spinal tap.  This procedure samples the fluid from around the spinal cord.  The hospital laboratory then analyzes this fluid for signs of meningitis. Walk in Clinics don't usually perform spinal taps.

If you think you have meningitis, then walk in clinic is usually not equipped to diagnose this, and an emergency department is recommended immediately.

Bacterial meningitis can be life threatening.

 

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