The British Journal of General Practice has advised doctors to look for leg pain, confusion, neck pain and sensitivity to
light as prominent symptoms of
meningitis, while pale color, cold hands and headaches are not very reliable
signs of meningitis. In 50% cases the classic rash, which is a clear symptom of
meningitis appears in later stages of the disease, which increases the probability
of patients with meningitis being misdiagnosed.
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal
cord, and can be caused by viral infection or bacterial infection. Scientists studied
the early symptoms of the disease in about 1,600 children, aged 22 months to 6
years who visited doctors in Oxfordshire and Somerset.
The Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation, Chris Head, said, "It's
a significant step forward in the treatment of meningitis as early recognition
of the disease will help in timely treatment."