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Is a lumbar puncture required to confirm improvement in condition while taking TB Meningitis treatment ?

Is a lumbar puncture necessary to check if the TB medication is working on A TB Meningitis patient undergoing TB treatment since 2 months. The patient has lost significant weight and appetite. Meningitis headaches, vomiting still exist, but have reduced a bit. Patient is in mid twenties.
Wed, 18 Jan 2012
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dear,with help of lumbar puncture we get fluid in brain for laboratory examination,this gives us idea about possible infection so that it can be treated effectively.In some cases the magnitude of infection can also be judged and response to the treatment can also be seen.so it advocated at times.
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