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Swollen head and neck, given epidural for hemorrhoid surgery. Where could I get meningitis from?

I had hemorrhoid surgery and was given an epidural at the VA the pre-op room, a nurse woke me up to sign a consent form...had hemorrhoid surgery twice with a shot in the bottom...woke up six hours later with my head and neck swollen and couldn t talk...nurses didn t tell frat brother came in and was cursing...week later contracted meningitis ...they said I could have gotten meningitis anywhere...was treated for vital/bacteria...was in hospital for four days
Fri, 13 Dec 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Yes, I agree it is difficult to pinpoint from where you contracted the meningitis.
However, epidural injection could be a source of infection, which can led to meningitis. Difficult to prove though.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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