Meningitis can infect the brain and quickly kill a person. It’s also the most commonly misdiagnosed condition in children, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal, and that’s simply not acceptable.
Without appropriate tests such as a spinal tap or CT scan, a health care professional can misdiagnose bacterial meningitis as a less threatening illness. The longer treatment is delayed, the greater a person’s risk of death and permanent neurological damage becomes.
Failure to diagnose meningitis right away can change the course of a person’s life. Meningitis complications in children and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:
Pregnant women who test positive for group B strep can pass the bacteria to their babies during birth. Infected newborns can develop meningitis, so it’s important that doctors test mothers-to-be for this bacteria.
- Kidney failure
- Hearing loss
- Learning disabilities
- Memory difficulty
- Brain damage
- Problems walking
If it happened to you or your child, you know the devastating health problems untreated meningitis can cause.
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