Tuberculous meningitis is an infection of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord. This is the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). The bacteria spread to the brain and spine from another place in the body. The symptoms often start slowly, and may include:
• Fever and chills
• Mental status changes
• Nausea and vomiting
• Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
• Severe headache
• Stiff neck (meningismus)
HOW IS TUBERCULOUS MENINGITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the Tuberculous Meningitis is done via scans and X-rays, which is accompanied with MRI to check for damage to the nerves. The cerebrospinal fluid is also tested here.
HOW IS TUBERCULOUS MENINGITIS TREATED?
Tuberculous Meningitis is largely treated by prescribing medication and the treatment usually lasts for at least 12 months.
DID YOU KNOW?
If untreated, Tuberculous Meningitis can be life-threatening.