How is TB meningitis diagnosed?

Other tests that may be done include:

  1. Biopsy of the brain or meninges (rare)
  2. Blood culture.
  3. Chest x-ray.
  4. CSF examination for cell count, glucose, and protein.
  5. CT scan of the head.
  6. Gram stain, other special stains, and culture of CSF.
  7. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of CSF.
  8. Skin test for TB (PPD)

How is TB meningitis transmitted?

How TB meningitis is caused. Tuberculosis bacteria enter the body by droplet inhalation i.e. breathing in bacteria from the coughing/sneezing of an infected person.

How long after exposure to tuberculosis is a patient most likely to show active symptoms of the disease?

How soon do symptoms appear? Most people infected with the germ that causes TB never develop TB disease. If TB disease does develop, it can occur two to three months after infection or years later.

How long does it take to cure TB meningitis?

Treatment generally lasts for about a year, involving intensive treatment with three or four antibiotics at first and continually with two antibiotics for about 10 more months. TB meningitis tends to be more severe than other forms of meningitis.

What is the color of CSF in TB meningitis?

Conclusions: Clear CSF with colorless appearance, lymphocyte pleocytosis, high protein level, and low CSF glucose as well as blood glucose ratio remain typical CSF characteristics of TBM patients found at the Department of Neurosurgery, Dr.

Can MRI detect tuberculosis?

MRI is the most sensitive modality for early diagnosis and follow-up of spinal TB. The earliest sign is marrow edema, seen as hyperintense signal on T2 and STIR (short tau inversion recovery) images.

What happens when TB spreads to the brain?

Sometimes, the bacteria will travel to the meninges, which are the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Infected meninges can result in a life-threatening condition known as meningeal tuberculosis. Meningeal tuberculosis is also known as tubercular meningitis or TB meningitis.

How long after being exposed to TB will you test positive?

In a person who is newly infected, the skin test usually becomes positive within 4 to 10 weeks after exposure to the person who is ill with TB. (See “Approach to diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection (tuberculosis screening) in adults”.)

Do meningitis patients need isolation?

Meningococcal meningitis patients should be placed on droplet precautions (private room, mask for all entering the room) until they have completed 24 hours of appropriate antibiotic therapy. Negative pressure ventilation is not required. Patients with pneumococcal or viral meningitis do not require isolation.

How soon after exposure to TB should you be tested?

People can be tested to see if they have TB infection 8-10 weeks after they are initially infected. People with only TB infection are unlikely to have any symptoms. If infected, people may develop to TB disease at anytime during their lifetime or not at all.

What happens if you are exposed to someone with TB?

TB germs are passed through the air when someone who is sick with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs, sings, or sneezes. Anyone near the sick person with TB disease can breathe TB germs into their lungs. TB germs can live in your body without making you sick. This is called latent TB infection.