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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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    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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