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Sivak, My daughter has had a fever of 102.4 past three days.

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Hi Dr. Sivak,
My daughter has had a fever of 102.4 for the past three days. She has a sweet smell to her breath (like strep) so I had her tested both cultures came back negative. Today she is extremely fatigued and mentioned that her neck hurts to move and she is very sleepy. I have an appointment this afternoon and am curious if I should ask the doctor to complete blood tests. If so, which blood tests would be the most beneficial?
Thank you.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 8 months ago.

Hello

The doctor needs to rule out meningitis.

If exam indicates, she would need a spinal tap and antibiotic started.

If it is viral, just observation.

There is no specific blood test that would be useful, a CBC might show if there is an elevated white count in general [bacterial] or elevated lymphocytes [viral].

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