What is the role of lab tests in the workup of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis?

Updated: Jul 09, 2018
  • Author: Prateek Lohia, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Laboratory tests should be performed as appropriate. Lumbar puncture should be strongly considered in all infants aged 2-12 months with a history suggestive of Haemophilusinfluenzae meningitis and the finding of meningismus on physical examination. Brain imaging studies may be of importance. Electroencephalography (EEG) is indicated in some situations. All patients should undergo brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) testing either during hospitalization or soon thereafter.

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