Which lab tests should be ordered in suspected meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In addition, the following tests may be ordered:

  • Blood, nasopharynx, respiratory secretion, urine or skin lesion cultures or antigen/polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection assays

  • Syphilis testing

  • Serum procalcitonin testing

  • Lumbar puncture and CSF analysis

  • Neuroimaging (CT of the head or MRI of the brain)

See Workup for more detail.


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