What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of meningococcal meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, PhD, MSc, FAAN; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Other laboratory tests can include the following:

  • Culture of CSF and blood specimens - To identify N meningitidis and the serogroup of meningococci, as well as to determine the bacterium’s susceptibility to antibiotics

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay - For confirmation of the diagnosis

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