Can Meningococcal Meningitis cause Parkinson's?

Posted by hanau @hanau, Aug 30 5:06pm

I had Meningococcal Meningitis in 1975. Subsequently I had urinary problems to present day. Depression low blood pressure and sleep issues. Over the years I've had numerous MRIs. MRIs never showed any Brain Damage until I had a DatScan done and was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease. Are the two diseases related?

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Welcome, @hanau. Given your recent diagnosis, I added your question to the Parkinson's Disease support group as well.

The relationship between bacterial meningitis and the "neuronal damage caused by bacterial pathogen may, in the long-term, influence the onset of neurodegenerative disorders", like Parkinson's, is still being studied. See this research review:
– Neuronal Damage and Neuroinflammation, a Bridge Between Bacterial Meningitis and Neurodegenerative Diseases https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8209290/

I recommend that you follow the Parkinson's Disease group and join the discussions here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/parkinsons-disease/

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