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How do doctors diagnose meningitis?

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The doctor will

Other tests may include:

  • Take your medical history
  • Do a physical exam
  • Do a spinal tap to collect a sample of spinal fluid
  • A neurological exam to test nerve, motor, and sensory function; hearing, speech, and vision; balance; mental status
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Throat culture
  • Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or electroencephalography (EEG) to spot problems in the 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 5, 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 5, 2019

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