Meningitis is a serious infection that occurs in the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain. This infection can affect the nerves and travel to the brain and/or surrounding membranes, causing inflammation that may ultimately lead to bleeding in the brain.
In most cases, the cause of meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial meningitis is often treated with antibiotics, but no specific treatment is available for viral meningitis (most people completely recover on their own). When making a diagnosis, your healthcare provider may gather information by testing your spinal fluid.
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