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Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis in Meningitis & Encephalitis: Tips to Utilize Syndromic Testing in Practice

  • Authors: Kevin Messacar, MD, PhD; Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 6/24/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 6/24/2023, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for infectious disease/HIV specialists, pediatricians, critical care specialists, and emergency medicine physicians.

The goal of this activity is that learners will be better able to implement and interpret the results of rapid diagnostic testing, including syndromic testing, for meningitis and encephalitis in their practices.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Key characteristics that differentiate rapid molecular tests from traditional diagnostic methods for meningitis and encephalitis
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Interpreting results of rapid diagnostic testing in a patient with suspected meningitis


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  • Kevin B. Messacar, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    Sections of Hospital Medicine and Infectious Diseases
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, Colorado


    Kevin Messacar, MD, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD

    Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
    Department of Pediatrics
    Professor of Clinical Sciences
    Nemours Children’s Health
    Orlando, Florida


    Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD, has the following relevant financial relationships: 
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: BioFire


  • Rod Smith, MSc

    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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  • Renata Feldman, PharmD

    Scientific Content Manager, Medscape, LLC


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  • Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships.

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Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis in Meningitis & Encephalitis: Tips to Utilize Syndromic Testing in Practice

Authors: Kevin Messacar, MD, PhD; Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 6/24/2022

Valid for credit through: 6/24/2023, 11:59 PM EST


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