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Meningitis in Infants and Children

Meningitis in Infants and Children | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the infection diagnosed?

Diagnosis of meningitis begins with a medical history and physical exam. The healthcare provider may order blood tests. A spinal tap may be done to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. A sample of CSF is taken by placing a hollow needle through the skin in the middle of the lower back. The needle is advanced into the spine, where the CSF surrounds the spinal cord. A small sample of CSF fluid is withdrawn and sent to the lab for study.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 06/27/01

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