How can we Diagnose Meningitis?
is diagnosed by analysis of the spinal
fluid (cerebrospinal fluid or CSF). Spinal fluid is obtained by a procedure
called the lumbar puncture or spinal
tap in which a needle is inserted in the lower back and the spinal fluid is
extracted. The CSF is then subjected to biochemical analysis to find out if
there are increased or decreased white blood cells, sugar and proteins. The
fluid is also stained and cultured for the growth of bacteria.
Other investigations include blood tests and CT scan of the brain