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Mother died after meningitis was dismissed as a migraine

Lissa Beechey, 39, from Bridgend, was sent home after going to hospital on September 10 2015 complaining of fatigue, crippling headaches and eyes so sensitive she was forced to wear sunglasses.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Authors: Nair AS, Kodisharapu PK, Anne P, Saifuddin MS, Asiel C, Rayani BK Abstract The Epidural blood patch is considered the gold standard for managing postdural puncture headache when supportive measures fail. However, it is a procedure which can lead to another inadvertent dural puncture. Other potential adverse events that could occur during a blood patch are meningitis, neurological deficits, and unconsciousness. The bilateral greater occipital nerve block has been used for treating chronic headaches in patients with PDPH with a single injection. This minimally invasive, simple procedure can be considered for...
Source: Korean Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Korean J Pain Source Type: research
ConclusionsTo the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case ofStaphylococcus epidermidis meningitis in a patient with neutropenia without a neurosurgical device who was successfully treated.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Discussion Normal kidneys regulate water balance to maintain a plasma osmolality of 275-290 mOsm/kg normally. Thirst and arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone (ADH) are the primary regulators of plasma osmolality. ADH is made in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland. ADH acts on the kidney’s distal collecting duct to increase water reabsorption. ADH is appropriately released in hypovolemic states, such as dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. ADH has an ~10 minute half-life and therefore can respond to rapid changes in volume status. Sodium balance is regulated by aldosterone (as part...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
J Neurol Surg B DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641752 Objectives To determine the incidence of prolonged postoperative systemic corticosteroid therapy after surgery for acoustic neuroma as well as the indications and associated risk factors that could lead to prolonged steroid administration, and the incidence of steroid-related adverse effects. Study Designs Retrospective chart review. Methods Retrospective chart review of patients undergoing resection of acoustic neuroma between 2010 and 2017 at two tertiary care medical centers. Patient and tumor characteristics, operative approach, hospital length of stay...
Source: Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Perhaps you heard the news recently that Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles. Headlines announced this in a variety of ways: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is suffering from shingles (NY DailyNews) Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles; must be quarantined from his baby (today.com) Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles, regrets joke about blurred vision (CBS News). Without more information, these headlines might leave you wondering: is this a serious condition? Is it dangerous for children? Can it lead to blindness? What is shingles? The term “shingles” refers to a painful rash caused ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Infectious diseases Skin and Hair Care Vaccines Source Type: blogs
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog aka Tropical Travel Trouble 007 When you think tropical medicine, malaria has to be near the top. It can be fairly complex and fortunately treatment has become a lot simpler. This post is designed to walk you through the basic principals with links to more in depth teaching if your niche is travel medicine, laboratory diagnostics or management of severe or cerebral malaria. If you stubbled on this post while drinking a cup of tea or sitting on the throne and want a fe...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Cases Tropical Medicine malaria Plasmodium plasmodium falciparum plasmodium knowles plasmodium malariae plasmodium ovale plasmodium vivax Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of tuberculous meningitis during chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer, suggesting that subacute onset of fever followed by disturbance of consciousness may indicate the possibility of tuberculous meningitis even without typical signs of meningitis including headache or meningeal irritation.Case Rep Oncol 2018;11:228 –233
Source: Case Reports in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
AbstractTo evaluate the distribution of complications of chronic otitis media, dilemma of how soon to operate a seriously ill patient with CSOM and treatment outcomes. A retrospective study was done in a tertiary care centre. Clinical data from 2013 to 2015 was compiled, surgical management with outcome was analysed. A total of 425 patients with chronic otitis media were evaluated. Single/multiple complications were seen in 147 (34.5%) patients. Majority of the complications were seen in active squamosal type of chronic otitis media i.e. 137 (59.5%) cases out of the 147. Meningitis (3.3%) was the most common intracranial c...
Source: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
Publication date: 2018 Source:Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Volume 152 Author(s): Andrej Spec, William G. Powderly Cryptococcal meningitis remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality amongst patients living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The prevalence in the developed world has decreased as HIV is being diagnosed earlier, but is still significant, and the prevalence in resource-limited settings is exceedingly high. The presenting symptoms usually include a headache, fever, and, less often, cranial nerve abnormalities. Space-occupying lesions do occur, but are rare. Once diagnosed, patients should b...
Source: Handbook of Clinical Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
A recent sports injury required me to have surgery. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, my experience as “the patient” reminded me of lessons-learned years ago on finding one’s purpose. You should never underestimate your capacity as a health care professional to dramatically impact the lives of your patients. As a pre-med in college, I interviewed at Johns Hopkins Medical School under an early decision program. I was beyond excited. After my interview, I returned to my small college in upstate New York and over the next few days became very ill with fever, chills, and the worst headache and neck pain of my life...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Critical Care Hospital-Based Medicine Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs
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