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After-effects of meningitis

Most people who have meningitis will make a good recovery, but some will be left with after effects and sadly, some will die.

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Although most people, who have meningitis make a good recovery, some people can be left with after-effects. Some after-effects can be temporary, gradually improving over time. However, some people are left with permanent, life-changing, after-effects.

After-effects can be wide-ranging and include physical, neurological or psychological problems, some of which can change a person’s life forever.

Long-term after-effects of meningitis

  • Acquired brain injury - Both meningitis and septicaemia can cause an acquired brain injury (ABI), an injury to the brain that has happened after birth.

  • Emotional changes - No matter what the outcome, the impact of meningitis can lead to emotional changes such as feeling overwhelmed, frightened and unsupported.

  • Hearing loss - There are different types of hearing loss. Difficulties can range from mild hearing loss through to profound deafness in one or both ears.

  • Sight problems - Meningitis can cause damage to this nerve resulting in loss of vision and changes in visual perception. These may be temporary visual changes, or permanent, depending on the damage.

  • Amputation - In severe cases of meningococcal septicaemia, amputation of fingers and toes or limbs may be necessary. Find out more about after-effects of septicaemia here.