There is no meningitis issue for patients treated in Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee Medical Center Vice President of Medical Affairs Andy Brown told WGNS listeners, "There were three medical facilities in the entire state that had some of the 17,000 meningitis steroid injections."
Dr. Brown stressed that only persons who received the steroid injections at Nashville's St. Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center, Crossville's Specialty Surgery Center; and the PCA Pain Center in Oak Ridge. The impacted persons received their epidural steroid injections between June 27th and September 20, 2012. If you received treatments in Nashville, you are encourage to phone 615-341-3425.
Dr. Brown explained that if you did receive an injection at one of the three Tennessee locations, the primary symptons in order of importance are:
dizziness and unsteadiness
worsening lower back pain
sensitivity to light
The Tennessee Department of Health has identified a medication known as methylprednisolone acetate as a prime suspect in this outbreak.
St. Thomas is currently treating 20 patients associated with this outbreak of rare fungal meningitis.
Again, no patient treated in Murfreesboro is to be considered at risk. Only persons who received the epidural steroid injection between June 27 and September 20, 2012, at St. Thompas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center in Nashville, the Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville, and the PCA Pain Center in Oak Ridge are considered at risk.
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