CSF Findings in Meningitis
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Introduction & CSF Analysis
Meningitis is inflammation of the leptomeninges, which is a connective tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. There are different causes of meningitis: bacterial, viral and fungal. It a common infectious cause of death and is responsible for approximately 135,000 annual deaths worldwide each year.
Patient usually present with fever, nuchal rigidity (stiff neck), and alterned mental status or confusion.
Diagnosis is usually made by lumbar puncture and CSF analysis.