Bacterial Meningitis - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Mar 15, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for bacterial meningitis?

An individual with bacterial meningitis should consult a family doctor or an emergency care physician. Based on the presenting symptoms, they can consult neurologists and infectious disease specialists.

2. What are the other causes of meningitis?

Fungi, viruses, cancerous conditions, certain medications, and systemic diseases may all cause meningitis.

3. Is bacterial meningitis an emergency?

Bacterial meningitis should be treated as an emergency and should be diagnosed and treated promptly to prevent mortality and other complications.

4. What is the time taken for meningitis to manifest?

Meningitis can occur either immediately or take anywhere between 3 to 7 days to develop.

5. What is the classical triad?

It is a term to signify the 3 main symptoms observed in those who were infected with bacterial meningitis. These are altered mental function, fever, and neck stiffness. However, this triad is seen only in less than half of the patients (41%-51%).

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