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Diagnosing and Treating Meningitis

A series of meningitis tests are used to diagnose meningitis. If you are diagnosed with the condition, meningitis treatment should begin immediately.

If you or someone you know may have meningitis, it is important to see a doctor immediately. To properly diagnose meningitis, a doctor will give you a series of meningitis tests, including a blood test, a spinal tap and possibly a CT scan. In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh explains what else you can expect at the doctor as well as meningitis treatment options if you have the condition. The only way to receive a definitive answer about whether or not your symptoms are due to meningitis is through a spinal tap, or a lumbar puncture. In this procedure, fluid is examined based on the amount of red and white blood cells, protein and sugar. From this information, your doctor can typically tell you whether or not you have meningitis.

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Preeti Parikh, MD, HealthiNation's chief medical editor, is a board-certified pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy, and patient education.

Duration: 4:08. Last Updated On: May 25, 2014, 5:09 a.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Holly Atkinson, Dr Supriya Jain, . Review date: Aug. 28, 2012
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