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How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Aseptic

Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain.
A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis.

In brief: Aseptic

Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain.
A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Several ways

There are changes in the spinal fluid in cells, protein and glucose.
There is a difference sometimes in the clinical presentation. Sometimes you can isolate the virus or detect its presence by antigen or antibody testing.

In brief: Several ways

There are changes in the spinal fluid in cells, protein and glucose.
There is a difference sometimes in the clinical presentation. Sometimes you can isolate the virus or detect its presence by antigen or antibody testing.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
Thank
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