Meningitis Complications in Humans
According to one study, more than 50% of adolescents who survive the meningitis infection are natural complications thereafter. The risk of complications is higher if meningitis infection worsens. This complication is more common in cases of bacterial meningitis than in cases of viral meningitis. Here are some of the most common complications:
- Hearing loss, can be partial or total. This is one of the most common complications of meningitis. People with meningitis are usually advised to do a hearing test to check what problems occur.
- Memory or concentration problems.
- Fatigue may occur months or years after infection.
- Learning difficulties can be temporary or permanent
- Problems with coordination and balance
- Problems in talking
- Vision is lost, can be partial or total
- The emergence of gangrene. Gangrene is a broken network that will die. This tissue is damaged by toxins produced by bacteria that enter the blood. If tissue damage is severe, an amputation procedure may be required.
- Cerebral palsy, a general term for conditions that affect body movement and coordination
- Shock and even death.
Psychological Effects Emerged
Especially in children, having meningitis can be a traumatic experience. Many mindsets and behaviors can change. Possible psychological effects are:
- Sleep disturbed
- The mood is unstable
- Thirsty attention and want to always be close to dear ones – for example, children feel anxious when not with their parents.
- Develop fear in hospitals and doctors
- Feeling hopeless and moody
- Easily angry or aggressive
- Angry all of a sudden
If you have psychological complications or are worried about your child’s behavior, consult a doctor. During the recovery process, these effects will develop in you or your child over time. For some, it may need additional therapy to cope.
Mental health services or treatments such as counseling or speech therapy, may be recommended by your doctor or they will refer you to a child psychologist.
Complications can also occur if you are treated intensively for several weeks. After leaving intensive care, some of the usual problems are having a soft, weak, tired and depressed voice.