Which lab tests are performed in the workup of pediatric pneumococcal meningitis?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Meera Varman, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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When meningitis is suspected, lumbar puncture should be performed. CSF should be sent for cell count, protein levels, glucose levels, Gram stain, and culture. Antigen tests are needed only if the patient was pretreated with antibiotics.

A blood culture also should be obtained to further confirm the diagnosis and the pathogens.


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