Meningitis happens when the spinal column and brain’s lining become inflamed. This lining is called the meninges. Aseptic meningitis occurs when there are signs of meningitis. However, when a sample of brain fluid is taken, bacteria or fungi are not seen or do not grow.
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The most common causes of aseptic meningitis are:
- Viral infection due to:
- Parasitic infection, such as Lyme disease
- Mycoplasma, an usual bacteria that can cause pneumonia
- Bacterial meningitis that has not been fully treated
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, sarcoidosis, andBehcet’s disease
- Cancer that has spread to the meninges
- Infection near the spinal cord or brain
- Certain medicines, such as ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Last reviewedJune 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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