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A 28-year-old female asked:

Is there any other way to diagnose meningitis without having to do lumbar puncture?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Meningitis.: A doctor can suspect meningitis by history and physical exam, but confirmation and delineation of type (viral, bacterial, aseptic) really requires the lumbar puncture.
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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 62 years experience
Meningitis : A differential diagnosis is often made by history and clinical findings. However a definitive diagnosis can only be made by lumber puncture
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
ABSOLUTELY NOT !: You can only confirm suspicion of meningitis and gain the material needed to assure proper treatment by doing a spinal tap. Anything less endangers the life of the child. A parent who refused such a study would be subject to court order revoking parental rights.
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