Medical Fun Facts - Gary Lum
About This Show
I started Medical Fun Facts after a friend at work asked that whenever I visit her at her work station I share with her a medical fun fact. Given my knowledge-base is focussed mainly on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, some aspects of pathology and a little bit about health emergency management, this podcast will probably reflect these areas. It’s highly unlikely I will delve into psychiatry or endocrinology, not because they are not interesting, but mainly because I don’t have much to do with those areas of medicine. Now I should point out that I am a registered medical practitioner in Australia. I have general registration in medicine and specialist registration in microbiology. I want to make it very clear that I am not forming a doctor patient relationship with anyone through this podcast and I am not offering clinical advice in the treatment of any particular person. If you need medical advice you should consult a registered medical practitioner in your area. I also suggest you do not see practitioners of alternative or complementary or integrative medicine. See a fair dinkum doctor and always consider a second opinion. If you disagree with anything in these podcasts or if you would like to voice a different view please feel free to write a comment. If I have said something incorrect I welcome correction. Please also feel free to share your comments on social media.
Most Recent Episode
Medical Fun Facts Episode 79: Enteroviral infections II
6 days ago
Last week I briefly described hand, foot and mouth disease. Tonight I want to describe aseptic meningitis. Aseptic meningitis is an old fashioned term used before we really knew a lot about the causes of meningitis and when most serious meningitis was caused by bacteria like pneumococci, meningococci, Hæmophilus influenzæ and Streptococcus agalactiæ. With the advent of HIV infection and AIDS, fungal meningitis also became more common and better described.
The term aseptic effectively means bacteria-free rather than microorganism-free. Unlike the bacterial causes of meningitis mentioned before, viral and fungal meningitis is mostly subacute as well. By that, I mean, rather than fulminating in less than 24 hours, aseptic meningitides tend to take longer than 24 hours to develop. Patients tend to feel unwell with a fever and a slowly worsening headache. They may also take longer to develop the signs of inflammation of the meninges, such as neck stiffness or nuchal rigidity and pain when looking into the light or photophobia.
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