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Would a blood culture be positive if I had meningitis?

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Dr. Tarek Nashawi
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
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In brief: Not always

It depends on how bad the meningitis is, but it helps narrow down the antibiotis if the blood cultures were positive.

In brief: Not always

It depends on how bad the meningitis is, but it helps narrow down the antibiotis if the blood cultures were positive.
Dr. Tarek Nashawi
Dr. Tarek Nashawi
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe

For a blood culture to be positive you must catch the germ while it is in the blood.
Doing so is not always possible, even when it spent some time in the bloodstream. To have meningitis, the germ must enter & reside in the layers of the meninges. It is often a final destination.

In brief: Maybe

For a blood culture to be positive you must catch the germ while it is in the blood.
Doing so is not always possible, even when it spent some time in the bloodstream. To have meningitis, the germ must enter & reside in the layers of the meninges. It is often a final destination.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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