Spinal Meningitis Symptoms

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Spinal meningitis symptoms include stiff neck, stiff back, headaches, lethargy and confusion. Identify the symptoms of spinal meningitis, when the inflammation spreads from the brain to the spine, with helpful information from a doctor in this free video on meningitis.

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Doctor Alan Watson and I am an Ophthalmologist in St. Joseph, Missouri. I trained at University of Arkansas Medical Science campus and I finished my residency in 1990. And today we're going to discuss meningitis. As I stated before, there's different causes for meningitis and the linings of the brain are the meninges and they also extend down through the base of the neck and into the spinal column. And the linings surrounding the spinal column can become inflamed and also infected and that term is known as spinal meningitis. Sometimes that is seen in individuals that have a limbo peritoneal shot, siphoning off the fluid from the pressure from around the brain that extends down along the spinal coordinate. It is a tube that's connected to the peritoneum and usually it's, that's all kept sterile but that can become infected and clog with proteins causing the pressure in the brain to rise and those individuals will become less lessen develops severe headaches. An infection to the meninges surrounding the spine will cause a stiff neck, stiff back, lethargy, later on followed by confusion and loss of consciousness. But typically, it's some of the same symptoms that you see with just regular meningitis. This has been Alan Watson discussing meningitis and the causes and treatments of it.


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