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    Meningitis - Exams and Tests

    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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    Understanding Meningitis -- Symptoms

    While meningitis is rare, it's a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. So it's a good idea to know typical meningitis symptoms. The most common symptoms are: Stiff neck, sometimes so stiff that it's difficult to touch the chin to the chest Headache, sometimes severe and generalized High fever Nausea or vomiting Discomfort from bright lights Sleepiness Seizures Rash Sometimes, these symptoms follow a flu-like...

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    Other tests that may be done include:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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