Meningitis - gram-negative

Gram-negative meningitis

Meningitis is present when the membranes covering of the brain and spinal cord become swollen and inflamed. This covering is called the meninges.

Bacteria are one type of germ that may cause meningitis. Gram-negative bacteria are a type of bacteria that behave in a similar manner in the body. They turn pink when tested in the laboratory with a special stain called Gram stain.

Central nervous system and peripheral nervous system

The central nervous system comprises the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.

CSF cell count

CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) is a clear fluid that circulates in the space surrounding the spinal cord and brain. A CSF cell count is a test to measure the number of red and white blood cells that are in CSF.

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Treatment

Outlook (Prognosis)

Possible Complications

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention