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Signs and symptoms of meningitis

Posted on March 5, 2015 1:47 pm under Medical Malpractice

Meningitis, or the inflammation of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and the brain, is a result of exposure to certain viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Meningitis caused by bacteria and certain types of viruses can be spread from person to person. Fungal meningitis, on the other hand, is not contagious.

As the meninges become inflamed, an individual suffering from meningitis may experience these signs and symptoms:

  • Distinct headache
  • Stiffneck
  • Fever
  • Vomiting, nausea
  • Photosensitivity
  • Lethargy
  • In some cases, seizures

Babies below the age of 2 may manifest a different set of symptoms:

  • A lump in the fontanel (the soft gap between the baby’s skull)
  • Persistent crying that might not stop or even aggravate when picked up
  • Irritability
  • Sleepiness and sluggishness
  • Stiff body and neck
  • Difficulty feeding

Unfortunately, a delayed or missed diagnosis of meningitis can sometimes result from a medical practitioner’s failure to perform his duty to provide adequate medical care. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® we help individuals whose health condition has been misdiagnosed because of negligent medical care file for a case against the parties involved. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to learn how we might be able to help you.