Meningitis, sometimes referred to as spinal meningitis, is an inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and differs in severity and treatment depending on the cause. Meningitis can be a severe illness and can cause serious consequences, including death. If you suspect you or someone you know may have meningitis, particularly someone vulnerable such as a child, it is important to seek treatment right away, as this can greatly improve the outcome of the illness. Learn to prevent meningitis, recognize its symptoms, and seek appropriate treatment.
Recent scientific evidences are pointing out that an infectious agent(s) may play an important role in the pathophysiology of certain neuropsychiatric disorders in children 1,11,17,19,20 . Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABS), and (possibly) other microorganisms (bacteria and viruses) have been implicated as causative agents in the ethiology of at least some cases of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders in children 1,8,19,20 , tic disorders (including Tourette's) 1,18,19,20 , Autistic Spectrum Disorders 10 and Anorexia Nervosa 17 . Presumed pathophysiological mechanisms are likely based on neurotropic auto immune antibody injury to the neurons 20 .
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