Suggest Ways To Rule Out Meningitis
If meningitis is suspected - to rule out meningitis
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I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. The CRP value is raised, therefore indicating an infection (possibly bacterial). The focus (location) of the infection needs to be located. The localization will depend upon the symptoms, i.e. whether the child has respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. If they are there, a spinal tap is unlikely to be required. If there seems to be no specific localizing signs or symptoms, meningitis is to be suspected and ruled out. In such a case spinal tap would be necessary. A spinal tap would also be considered necessary if there are evident signs of meningitis, eg. photophobia, neurological deficits or neurological signs etc. A clinical correlation is therefore necessary to answer your question.
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