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A new revolutionary meningitis test can potentially save lives

By Herald Keeper
By Olivia Tucker

The A & E department of a hospital in Northern Island is going to use a new, rapid test which can fasten up the diagnosis of meningitis and could potentially save lives. Meningitis is very dangerous and can kill a person within hours and the current procedure to detect the meningitis infection takes around two days which is not of any help.

But according to the UK researchers, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is going to use a new test which is said to give results within 60 minutes. Hence, this step can help the doctors to detect the disease early and hence treat quickly as well as accurately. Meningitis needs quick treatment because its infection can rapidly overwhelm and weaken the body and also its symptoms are not so clear unless and until the illness becomes life threatening.

Currently, the doctors rely or depend solely on the clinical judgments to decide about the urgency of using the antibiotics and as a result, some patients are not treated in an efficient way. But now a new quick test called the “Lamp” (Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification) test has been developed which can effectively detect the disease from the blood, nasal swab or spinal fluid samples. Although any person can suffer from meningitis it is mostly seen in babies, teenagers or young adults.

The doctors at the Royal Belfast Hospital still insist upon treating the dangerous bacterial cases of meningitis through antibiotics but along with that, they will also do the lamp test to quickly know about whether their clinical procedures and treatment are going in right direction or not.

Researcher Dr. Tom Waterfield from Queen’s University, Belfast, told that this lamp test can also detect less obvious cases which were more prone to be missed. It can reduce the confusion in knowing whether the meningitis is viral or bacterial. As a result, the anxious parents of the sick children will get assurance about proper diagnosis and right treatment. And it is expected that more and more research will be carried out regarding the new test so that it can be available in every hospital and as a result, we can save lots of lives.




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