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How is bacterial meningitis diagnosed?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Spinal tap

The best way is examination of the cerebrospinal fluid obtained by a lumbar puncture.

In brief: Spinal tap

The best way is examination of the cerebrospinal fluid obtained by a lumbar puncture.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Spinal tap

Clinical appearance often raises the suspicion of meningitis.
Confirmation is based on the results of a spinal tap. Fluid is removed from the spinal canal below the end of the spinal cord with a needle & sent to the lab for analysis. Tests can confirm the presence of meningitis & provide material that can be used to identify the germ & best treatment options.

In brief: Spinal tap

Clinical appearance often raises the suspicion of meningitis.
Confirmation is based on the results of a spinal tap. Fluid is removed from the spinal canal below the end of the spinal cord with a needle & sent to the lab for analysis. Tests can confirm the presence of meningitis & provide material that can be used to identify the germ & best treatment options.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Spinal Tap

The standard for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is the lumbar puncture.
In the procedure, a needle is inserted in the lower back to get CSF which is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. That fluid is then tested for infection.

In brief: Spinal Tap

The standard for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is the lumbar puncture.
In the procedure, a needle is inserted in the lower back to get CSF which is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. That fluid is then tested for infection.
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Dr. Ryan Stanton
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