NOTICE: This condition is a medical emergency. Call 911 for immediate care.

Overview

Staphylococcal meningitis (SM) is a bacterial infection affecting the meninges-the protective covering around the spinal cord and brain. The condition is rare and can be deadly. SM is defined as either community- or hospital-acquired. Both are dan[read article]

Tests for Staphylococcal Meningitis

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Neurological Examination
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A blood culture is a fairly routine test that checks for bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms in the blood. The test is relatively simple for the patient and i...  More
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Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Examination
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain and spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear, colorless liquid that surrounds and protects the CNS. ...  More
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A cranial CT scan of the head is a diagnostic tool used to create detailed pictures of the skull, brain, paranasal sinuses, and eye sockets. CT stands for computed ...  More
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A CSF smear is part of a series of laboratory tests performed on samples of a patient's cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). A CSF smear is often combined with a CSF G...  More
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Brain Biopsy
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A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues f...  More
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Each year you hear about small outbreaks of meningitis. It is highly contagious and sometimes fatal. Learn why the classic symptoms of a high fever and stiff neck s...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Staphylococcal Meningitis

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VANCOMYCIN (van koe MYE sin) is a glycopeptide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other vira...  More
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NAFCILLIN (naf SILL in) is a penicillin antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infec...  More
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Self Care for Staphylococcal Meningitis

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Bed Rest
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