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How do doctors diagnose meningococcal disease?

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Dr. Ian Stein
Neurology 22 years experience
Lp: An LP looking for increased white cells and low glucose levels. Gram stains will show the organisms.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Meningitis: Usual presentation is a severe meningitis, often clustered in close contact situations due to infectious potential. A lumbar puncture with spinal fluid analysis, and testing for the bacterial origin is readily diagnostic.

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