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How do you test for meningitis?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery
In brief: Meningitis
Most common way to test is a lumbar puncture or spinal tap to analyze the spinal fluid.

In brief: Meningitis
Most common way to test is a lumbar puncture or spinal tap to analyze the spinal fluid.
Dr. James Goodrich
Dr. James Goodrich
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