Which blood studies are useful in the diagnosis of meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Blood studies that may be useful include the following:

  • Complete blood count (CBC) with differential

  • Serum electrolytes

  • Serum glucose (which is compared with the CSF glucose)

  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or creatinine and liver profile


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