Diagnostic Highlights

General Comments: There are no definitive tests for tetanus.

Test

Normal Result

Abnormality with Condition

Explanation

Lumbar puncture

Normal opening pressures and clear and sterile cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

Normal opening pressures and clear and sterile CSF

Procedure is used to differentiate between meningitis (positive CSF cultures) and tetanus (negative CSF cultures)

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