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Repeat lumbar puncture in the diagnosis of meningitis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  686797     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Meningitis may be difficult to diagnose. If it is suspected clinically and a first lumbar puncture is normal, a second cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sample may be required within a few hours to confirm the diagnosis. A child is presented in whom CSF was normal 14 hours after the onset of illness, but who 14 hours later showed the characteristic changes of purulent meningitis. This case differs from those previously cited in the literature, in that the blood cultures taken at the time of the first lumbar puncture were also negative.
A D Kindley; F Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1978 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-10-25     Completed Date:  1978-10-25     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  590-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Meningitis / diagnosis*
Spinal Puncture*
Time Factors

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