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Diagnosis of meningitis is based on a medical history, a physical exam, and tests.
Your doctor will almost always do a lumbar puncture. This is done by inserting a long, thin needle into the spinal canal. The doctor uses the needle to collect samples of spinal fluid to check for bacteria and viruses.
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Other tests that may be done include:
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