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What are the long-term effects of meningitis?

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The outcome of meningitis depends on the cause of the infection, how quickly treatment begins, and how ill the person becomes. These are possible long-term side effects of the disease:

  • Fatigue
  • Recurring headaches
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood swings or aggression
  • Balance problems or clumsiness
  • Temporary or permanent deafness
  • Loss of vision, seizures, or brain damage (rare)
  • Loss of limbs

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

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