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what is clinical difference between meningitis and encephalitis

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Meningitis
- Inflammatory disease of the leptomeninges
- Abnormal number of white blood cells + infectious agent in the cerebrospinal fluid
- Classic triad of acute bacterial meningitis consists of fever, nuchal rigidity, and a change in mental status
- Aseptic meningitis is when infectious agent cannot be isolated by routine blood cultures

Encephalitis
- It is the inflammation of Brain Parenchyma
- In encephalitis brain functioning is impaired unlike in meningitis which usually results in lethargy and irritability
- Encephalitis + associated meningitis meningoencephalitis
- Encephalomyelitis=Spinal cord
- Encephalomyeloradiculitis=Nerve roots

answered Aug 28, 2013 by admin Doctor of Medicine (10,059 points)
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commented Nov 1, 2013 by anonymous
I only know the first two differences between then really useful thanks to enhance my knowledge.
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