Bacterial Meningitis Long Term Side Effects

The prognosis for a bacterial meningitis recovery depends on a number of factors including how quickly treatment was provided.  In serious cases of bacterial meningitis where proper diagnosis was delayed or treatment was not provided in a timely manner, a patient may suffer from*:

  • Deafness or speech loss;
  • Blindness;
  • Permanent brain damage ;
  • Permanent nerve damage;
  • Behavioral changes;
  • Cognitive disabilities;
  • Lack of muscle control;
  • Seizures; and
  • Memory loss.

These complications can occur in adults or in children.  It is, therefore, essential to recognize the infection symptoms, which can be vague flu like symptoms, and seek proper treatment as soon as possible.  Patients who suffer from any of the long term complications described above may need ongoing medical and rehabilitation treatment.

*Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet