Meningitis Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Findings





1. In Bacterial meningitis, bacteria consume glucose resulting in its low levels. The rapid tissue destruction leads to high protein levels and predominantly neutrophilic response.

2. In Viral Meningitis, the virus doesn’t consume glucose, leading to normal glucose levels. Tissue destruction is slower, leading to either normal or elevated protein levels. The response is predominantly lymphocytic.

3. Tuberculous meningitis is caused by the Mycobacterium Tuberculosis bacteria, leading to low glucose levels. Initially, the response is neutrophilic, but as the disease progresses, it becomes predominantly lymphocytic.

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