Understanding Lumbar Puncture Tests Results for Bacterial Meningitis

Many doctors use lumbar puncture tests, also known as spinal taps, to test for bacterial meningitis.  Lumbar puncture tests collect spinal fluid from around the brain and spinal cord and analyze its appearance, protein levels, glucose levels, cell counts, and the presence of infectious organisms.

Some results that might cause doctors to be concerned about bacterial meningitis include:

  • Cloudy spinal cord fluid;
  • High spinal cord fluid pressure;
  • An increase in spinal cord fluid antibodies;
  • Low glucose levels in the spinal cord fluid;
  • High white blood cell counts in the spinal cord fluid; and
  • Bacterial markers in the spinal cord fluid.

If your doctor has ordered a spinal tap, be sure to review the spinal tap test results with your doctor and ask questions about the markers or concerns described above.  If your doctor has failed to properly diagnose your bacterial meningitis then you may be entitled to damages.  Contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer today for more information about your rights.