Meningitis diagnosis

by Cathy Parkes March 01, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021

Diagnosis of meningitis is done by analyzing the patient's CSF (cerebrospinal fluid).  Bacterial meningitis: CSF is cloudy with ↓ glucose. Viral meningitis: CSF is clear and glucose levels are typically normal.

Diagnosis of meningitis is done by analyzing the patient's CSF (cerebrospinal fluid).

With bacterial meningitis, the CSF will be cloudy and will have decreased glucose content.

With viral meningitis, CSF will be clear and glucose levels will typically be normal.



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