What lab tests should be performed in suspected meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Other laboratory tests, which may include blood cultures, are needed to complement the CSF culture. These bacterial cultures are used for identification of the offending bacteria and occasionally its serogroup, as well as for determination of the organism’s susceptibility to antibiotics. Special studies, such as serology and nucleic acid amplification, may also be performed, depending on clinical suspicion of an offending organism.


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