primary amebic meningoencephalitis
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Related to primary amebic meningoencephalitis: Naegleria fowleri
inflammation of the brain and its meninges; called also encephalomeningitis.
primary amebic meningoencephalitis a rare and often fatal acute, febrile, purulent meningoencephalitis caused by usually free-living soil and water amebas of the genera Naegleria, Acanthamoeba, and Hartmannella.
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an invasive, rapidly fatal cerebral infection by soil amebae, chiefly Naegleria fowleri, found in humans and other primates and experimentally in rodents; the disease is characterized by a high fever, neck rigidity, and symptoms associated with upper respiratory infection such as cough and nausea; although organisms have been cultured from various organs, the brain is the primary focus, especially the olfactory lobes and cerebral cortex, which are first attacked by amebae that enter from nasal mucosa through the cribriform plate; death usually occurs 2-3 days after onset of symptoms.