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Identifying Adults with Meningitis Who Do Not Need Cranial Imaging Prior to Lumbar Puncture

Specialty:

Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

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Description:

In adults suspected of having meningitis, cranial imaging is frequently done to identify intracranial mass lesions prior to lumbar puncture to minimize the risk of herniation. By identifying factors associated with positive imaging studies, those patients needing and those not needing imaging studies can be identified. Not performing unnecessary imaging studies results in more cost-effective medical care.

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