Encephalitis Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Encephalitis below.


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How to Diagnose Encephalitis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and do a physical exam.

Tests may include:

  • Blood tests-to look for signs of infection
  • Spinal tap-to test spinal fluid for signs of infection
  • CT and/or MRI scans of the head-to look for abnormal areas of enhancement, hemorrhage, or edema in the brain
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)- to look for abnormal electrical activity in the brain
  • Brain biopsy-removal of a small sample of brain tissue to test for signs of infection

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