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Tests that may help doctors detect meningitis

Posted on March 9, 2015 9:28 am under Medical Malpractice

Experts suggest young children below the age of 5 and older adults older than 60 years old are more prone to meningitis, a condition that occurs when the membranes covering the central nervous system become inflamed and cause symptoms such as neck and pain, headaches, and seizures. Unfortunately, meningitis has also been among the most commonly misdiagnosed disease in the country, which might lead to delayed treatment and less positive health outcomes.

As such, it is important for healthcare professionals to perform the necessary tests needed in properly confirming or ruling out the disease. These tests may include:

  • Blood tests – Obtaining blood sample may help doctors detect the presence of meningitis-causing pathogens
  • X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scan – Imaging tests such as these could help the doctors see inflammation that may indicate meningitis
  • Spinal tap – A fluid from the spinal column is taken to confirm meningitis, and to determine what might be causing the disease

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we believe doctors who fail to provide accurate and responsible diagnosis due to negligence should be legally held accountable for all the damages he might cause. Call our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 to know how we might be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the parties involved.