Your doctor will diagnose by looking at your medical history, doing a check-up and several diagnostic examinations on you. The diagnostic exams include:
- The doctor will take blood sample and examine it to see whether there's microorganisms, especially bacteria.
- Your doctor may use magnetic resonance or computerized tomograghy to scan your head to see if there's inflammation. Infection in other parts of your body that is related to the disease will be detected through CT or X-rays scans.
- To know accurately whether you got the disease, a spinal tap will be needed to collect your cerebrospinal fluid. If you caught meningitis, your cerebrospinal fluid will have a low glucose level, more protein and more white blood cells than usual.
Keyword: meningitis diagnosis; spinal meningitis diagnosis