Meningitis Needs To Be Properly Treated

Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the spinal cord and brain, called the “meninges”. The inflammation can have several causes, including a bacterial infection, a virus and, less commonly, fungal infection. Meningitis Needs To Be Properly Treated Meningitis Needs To Be Treated Quickly

Doctors Should Know How To Identify And Treat Meningitis

Because bacterial meningitis is usually the most serious, and is considered a medical emergency, identifying the source of the infection is an important part of developing a treatment plan. However, meningitis caused by viruses and fungal infections can also be serious. Regardless of its cause, the physician treating a patient for meningitis must take appropriate steps to identify the cause and should provide supportive care for the patient until the infection clears or the virus has run its course.

Meningitis Needs To Be Treated Quickly

Potential early complications include the development of a systemic infection known as sepsis, low blood pressure leading to organ damage, the excessive activation of blood clotting (disseminated intravascular coagulation) and inflammation of the brain tissue that results in brain herniation causing a cessation of breathing. These complications can lead to brain damage and, ultimately, death.

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Symptoms of Meningitis Can Include:

Symptoms of meningitis include a severe headache, a stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, fever and chills and sensitivity to light. Regardless of the cause, prompt medical care and decision making by the health care provider is essential to guard against the disease’s potential side effects.

The DiCello Law Firm Handles Cases Where Doctors Misdiagnose Or Fail To Properly Treat Meningitis

If you or a loved one believes that a doctor did not recognize meningitis or failed to adequately treat the condition, we can help. The lawyers at the DiCello Firm have represented clients whose physicians have failed to diagnose many types of diseases, including meningitis.