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A procedure called a lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is a key way to get a diagnosis. Your doctor may also want samples of blood or urine.

The bacterial form of meningitis can be life-threatening. Treatment with antibiotics through an IV in the hospital sometimes starts right away, even before the test results come back.

From: Diagnosis and Treatment of Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.   Chelsea House Publications, 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics),

Journal of Emergency MedicineStreptococcus pneumoniae : “Marked elevation of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count: An unusual case of  meningitis, differential diagnosis, and a brief review of current epidemiology and treatment recommendations.”

Drugs : “Bacterial meningitis in children: Critical review of current concepts.”

Southern Medical Journal : “Clinical Description and Follow-up Investigation of Human West Nile Virus Cases.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.   Chelsea House Publications, 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics),

Journal of Emergency MedicineStreptococcus pneumoniae : “Marked elevation of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count: An unusual case of  meningitis, differential diagnosis, and a brief review of current epidemiology and treatment recommendations.”

Drugs : “Bacterial meningitis in children: Critical review of current concepts.”

Southern Medical Journal : “Clinical Description and Follow-up Investigation of Human West Nile Virus Cases.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

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