How do you test for meningitis?

Spinal fluid tests. A patient's symptoms added to the findings on a doctor's exam, can usually suggest whether or not a patient has meningitis. Meningitis is inflammation and/or infection in the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. To confirm the diagnosis, a sample of spinal fluid, taken from the lower back by putting a needle into the spine, can be tested for bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc...

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How do you test for meningitis? Spinal tap?

Yes. A patient with a high fever, stiff neck, and headache, with or without confusion or delirium could very well be afflicted with meningitis (bacterial, viral, tuberculous, fungal, etc.), and the best way to confirm is to get spinal fluid and test asap. Read more...