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Diagnostic Tests for Encephalitis

Diagnostic Test list for Encephalitis:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Encephalitis includes:

  • Physical investigations
    • Temperature
    • Neck stiffness
    • Nervous system examination for focal abnormalities that may occur depending on the part of the nervous system involved by the inflammatory process
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Viral serology - e.g. mumps.
  • Spinal tap - may identify the virus or bacteria e.g. echovirus, coxsackie, mumps, herpes simplex, adenovirus, varicella zoster, influenza, measles.
  • Throat swab for culture may identify the organism
  • Stool culture
  • Radiological investigations
    • CT or MRI Brain - may visualize swelling of brain or associated abscess with bacterial infection.
    • EEG - may show characteristic features in encephalitis.
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
  • Blood tests

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Encephalitis causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Encephalitis:

The following list of conditions have 'Encephalitis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Encephalitis:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Encephalitis' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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