TB meningitis is a life-threatening infectious disease that causes inflammation of the layers that surround the brain and spinal cord
.TB is the seventh leading cause of death and disability
worldwide.More recent data suggest that Tuberculous Meningitis
accounts for 2.1% of pediatric cases and 9.1% of extra pulmonary TB cases. Due to the slow progression and non-specific early symptoms of TB meningitis, diagnosis can be difficult. However, research has shown that early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the outcome of the disease. If treatment is started early, most people will make a good recovery provided that the treatment course is completed. At least 20% will suffer complications like severe brain damage
, epilepsy, paralysis, hearing loss
or deafness, loss of sight or blindness.