Monday, April 14, 2008

Failure to diagnose meningitis

Meningitis is the infection of the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Either vial or bacterial in origin, the bacterial form is much more severe. Meningitis can also be classified as acute, symptoms develop within hours to days, or chronic, which has an onset of weeks.

Meningitis occurs significantly in college due to risk factrors such as sharing utensils, active or passive smoking, irregular sleeping patterns, and crowded living conditions such as dormitories. Infants and children are also a high risk group.

At the beginning of an infection, symptoms may be very similar those of a flu. Those afflicted with meningitis often complain of nausea, fever, vomiting, confusion, and sensitivity to light.

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