Do you or someone you know have to live with the debilitating effects or after effects of a brain infection? If you want to get the help you need to deal with these conditions, Zimmerman & Frachtman Law Firm are here to tell you that you are not alone. Brain infections can be caused from a virus, exposure to fungi, and other organisms.
Meningitis is an inflammation of brain or spinal cord membranes. You can acquire it from a virus or bacteria. If you suffer from bacterial meningitis, the results can be very life threatening. Encephalitis, an inflammation or the brain itself, can be acquired from many causes; Myelitis is an inflammation of your spinal cord. Over 25,000 new cases of brain injury due to meningitis are diagnosed in the United States each year.
About 2/3 of all meningitis cases affect children. Recent statistics show Bacterial Meningitis is found in 400 cases per 100,000 newborns. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired by eating raw meat, direct contact with cat feces or from unwashed vegetables bought at the grocery store. You can acquire Cerebral Cysticercosis from the pork tapeworm. Trichinosis is caused by a parasite in raw pork. Rubella and Mumps are caused by viruses and Rabies is a viral infection acquired from animal bites. AIDS or the HIV virus is transmitted sexually.
The various brain infections can cause you a host of symptoms that vary due to your age and other factors. Brain infection symptoms found in individuals 2 years or older include fever, dizziness, sensitivity to light, severe headaches, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, a skin rash, confusion, and sleepiness. Symptoms associated with brain infections in infants include unusual fussiness, sleepiness and irritability.
It is important for you to get an early diagnosis if you are affected by any of the symptoms associated with brain infections.
The diagnosis of meningitis, a widespread and common brain infection require you have a lumbar puncture, a medical procedure during which spinal fluid is obtained from a spinal tap and sent to a lab for analysis. Along with the lumbar puncture, you will usually have a CT scan or other standard lab work and neurological examinations. Dealing with the complications associated with a brain infection is very traumatic. If you or a loved one is affected by a brain infection, Zimmerman & Frachtman Law Firm are here to help.
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