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How do doctors diagnose meningitis?

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The doctor will

�Ask about your medical history

�Do a physical exam

�Do a test called a spinal tap to collect a sample of your spinal fluid

Other tests may include:

�A test to check your nerve, motor, and sensory function; hearing, speech, vision, and balance; and mental status

�Blood and urine tests

�Throat culture

�Imaging tests like computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or electroencephalography (EEG) to spot problems in your brain

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

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