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Bacterial meningitis (say "meh-nun-JY-tus") is a serious infection of the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms usually develop all of a sudden.
When you have this infection, it can injure your brain and can cause death. You may need special care, such as being in the intensive care unit (ICU). Your care team will watch you closely and make any needed changes in treatment right away.
Treatment takes place in the hospital. Treatment may include:
How long it takes you to get better depends on how bad the illness is. It can take from just a couple of weeks to many months. You may have changes in how you think or concentrate. These symptoms get better over time in most people.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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