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How do doctors diagnose meningitis?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lumbar puncture
Symptoms of meningitis typically include high fever, ill-appearing child, vomiting (usually without diarrhea), neck pain/stiffness or alteration in mental status (eg.
Excessive lethargy). Some children may have a purplish rash on the body. The clinical signs may prompt further testing. The definitive study of choice is a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).

In brief: Lumbar puncture
Symptoms of meningitis typically include high fever, ill-appearing child, vomiting (usually without diarrhea), neck pain/stiffness or alteration in mental status (eg.
Excessive lethargy). Some children may have a purplish rash on the body. The clinical signs may prompt further testing. The definitive study of choice is a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
In brief: Spinal Tap
Although, we often have a pretty good idea when examining a child, that they have meningitis, the only way to diagnose it is with a spinal tap.
Xrays and blood tests are no help.

In brief: Spinal Tap
Although, we often have a pretty good idea when examining a child, that they have meningitis, the only way to diagnose it is with a spinal tap.
Xrays and blood tests are no help.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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