Bacterial Meningitis
What is it: Signs and Symptoms
Bacterial Meningitis is an infection from a virus, bacteria or fungi that has entered the blood inflaming the spinal cord and the fluid around the brain. It can result in brain damage, coma or even death. Those that survive can suffer hearing loss, mental retardation, paralysis and seizures. It is fatal in more than 50% of cases. After infancy the most common signs are fever, headache and stiff neck. Watch for nausea, light sensitivity and disorientation. In those under one year of age look for fever, difficulty in awakening, difficulty feeding and vomiting. 

 

How is it Contracted Diagnosis
Bacterial Meningitis is spread by having direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat or from the feces of an infected person. The viruses that cause Meningitis are not airborne so you cannot get it from casual contact or breathing the same air. Bacterial Meningitis is most common in infants and small children. A sample of spinal fluid is taken from the patient and tested.

 

 

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Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum:  
What is it: Diagnosis
Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum is a rare birth defect, where the structure that connects the two sides of the brain is only partially there or absent altogether. The effects of the disorder can range from subtle to severe depending on whether there are other associated conditions. Diagnosis is usually within the first two years of life. Some of the first symptoms are seizures followed by feeding problems and delays in physical and mental development. Below is a list of some of the symptoms you can see the full explanation of each symptom at; http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/agenesis_of_the_corpus_callosum/symptoms.htm
  • Seizures Uncontrolled physical movements
  • Feeding problems Poor feeding (mostly in infants)
  • Developmental delay Physical or mental development difficulty.
  • Delayed head control Physical or mental development difficulty.
  • Delayed sitting Physical or mental development difficulty.
  • Delayed standing Physical or mental development difficulty.
  • Delayed walking Problems with walking
  • Impaired mental development General loss of mental or cognitive ability
  • Impaired physical development Physical or mental development difficulty.
  • Impaired hand-eye coordination Symptoms affecting physical coordination.
  • Impaired visual memory Forgetting things or loss of memory ability
  • Impaired auditory memory Forgetting things or loss of memory ability
  •  Hydrocephaly Swelling or enlargement of the brain
Treatment: Prognosis:
Treatment usually consists of management of symptoms and seizures. No standard treatment available for ACC. Does not cause death in the majority of patients. People with ACC can lead normal lives but careful management of symptoms is necessary.
   
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http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/921361458.html

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/agenesis_of_the_corpus_callosum/symptoms.htm

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/agenesis_doc.htm#What_is_Agenesis_of_the_Corpus_Callosum

http://www.corpuscallosum.org

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