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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 can be left with long term after effects including hearing loss, sight loss and acquired brain injury (ABI).

ABI is an injury to the brain that happens after birth. Both meningitis and septicaemia can cause ABI. The brain takes over 20 years to fully develop, so if a child or young person has meningitis, this development may be affected. The changes may not be apparent immediately after illness; it may take months or years for changes to be noticed. Meningitis in adults can also cause ABI, but as the brain is fully developed the impact of any ABI is usually apparent soon after illness.

ABI after meningitis can cause physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties.