by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Meningitis is swelling of the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. A higher number of white blood cells is present during aseptic meningitis (AM). But the exact cause cannot be found.
AM may stem from:
Your risk is higher if you have any of the problems listed above.
Other factors are:
Symptoms range from mild to severe. You may have:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history.
You may need to have:
Pictures may be taken. This can be done with:
Most people get better with time. Care depends on the cause. It may involve:
Your doctor will stop any medicines that are causing problems.
Note: Aspirin is not advised for children with a current or recent viral infection. Check with your doctor before giving your child aspirin.
To lower your chance of AM:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Meningitis Association
Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada
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Meningococcal disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
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Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 6/14/2018
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