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 How is meningitis diagnosed?

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In brief: Diagnosis of Meningitis

Initial diagnosis can be made by clinical examination followed by a lumbar puncture at the back of the patient to extract spinal fluid for testing.
The bacteria can sometimes be seen in microscopic examination of the spinal fluid. The diagnosis can be confirmed by growing the bacteria from specimens of spinal fluid or blood, by agglutination tests or by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The identification of the serogroups and susceptibility testing to antibiotics are important to define control measures.

In brief: Diagnosis of Meningitis

Initial diagnosis can be made by clinical examination followed by a lumbar puncture at the back of the patient to extract spinal fluid for testing.
The bacteria can sometimes be seen in microscopic examination of the spinal fluid. The diagnosis can be confirmed by growing the bacteria from specimens of spinal fluid or blood, by agglutination tests or by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The identification of the serogroups and susceptibility testing to antibiotics are important to define control measures.
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