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ICD-10 code: G02

Chapter: Diseases of the nervous system

Meningitis in Other Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Classified Elsewhere

Meningitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a wide range of infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. While meningitis is often associated with specific diseases, such as meningococcal meningitis or pneumococcal meningitis, it can also occur as a secondary complication of other infectious and parasitic diseases classified elsewhere.

One example of such a disease is tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs but can also spread to other parts of the body, including the brain and spinal cord. When tuberculosis infects the meninges, it can cause meningitis. This type of meningitis is more common in people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS.

Another example of a disease that can cause meningitis is syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. When left untreated, syphilis can progress through several stages, with the later stages affecting the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is a possible complication of late-stage syphilis, along with other neurological symptoms.

Other infectious and parasitic diseases that can cause meningitis include Lyme disease, malaria, and cryptococcosis. In some cases, the meningitis may be the first symptom of the underlying disease, making early diagnosis and treatment critical for a successful outcome.

  1. If you have symptoms of meningitis, such as fever, headache, and stiff neck, seek medical attention immediately.
  2. Be sure to inform your healthcare provider if you have any underlying medical conditions or recent travel history.
  3. Early diagnosis and treatment of meningitis can help prevent serious complications, such as brain damage or death.

In conclusion, meningitis can occur as a complication of many infectious and parasitic diseases, not just those commonly associated with the condition. It is important to be aware of the potential for meningitis in these cases and to seek prompt medical attention if you experience any symptoms. With proper treatment, the prognosis for meningitis can be positive, but early intervention is key.

Diagnosis Codes for Meningitis in other infectious and parasitic diseases classified elsewhere | G02