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How is meningitis diagnosed?

In its early stages, meningitis can be difficult to diagnose, because the symptoms can be similar to those of flu. If your doctor suspects meningitis, they may do a physical examination to check for signs of infection around the head; a lumbar puncture (spinal tap), to take a sample of fluid from around your spinal cord; take blood samples to check for infection, and; carry out chest X-rays, and/or a CT or MRI scan of your head to check for swelling or inflammation.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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