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Health Tip: After Meningitis

Some side effects may continue

(HealthDay News) -- Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The illness is usually caused either by bacteria or a virus.

While some people who recover from meningitis don't have any aftereffects, others have residual effects long after the main illness subsides.

Here is a list of common after effects of meningitis, courtesy of the Meningitis Research Foundation:

  • Memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and problems retaining information.
  • Clumsiness and other problems with coordination.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Deafness, ringing in the ears, hearing problems, or speech difficulties.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance.
  • Impaired vision.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Weakened or paralyzed parts of the body.
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