When is CT scanning performed in the workup of Haemophilus influenzae infections in adults?

Updated: Jul 02, 2019
  • Author: Joseph Adrian L Buensalido, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In adults with suspected bacterial meningitis, CT scanning is recommended before lumbar puncture in patients with the following:{ref1-INVALID REFERENCE}

  • Immunocompromise
  • History of CNS disease
  • Newly onset seizure
  • Papilledema
  • Altered consciousness
  • Focal neurologic deficit
  • Delayed diagnostic lumbar puncture
  • Chest radiography: For suspected pulmonary disease (eg, pneumonia)
  • Lateral neck radiography (only if functional airway is guaranteed): To confirm epiglottitis and/or assess cervical spine
  • Echocardiography: For suspected pericarditis

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