Evidence of meningeal irritation caused by infection or subarachnoid haemorrhage results in characteristic clinical features:
Clinical features of meningism
No clinical evidence of a mass lesion (alert, no focal signs, no papilledema)
|WBC count >5 cells/mm3 or if traumatic tap |WBC:RBC ratio (normal <1:500)
No mass lesion or evidence of haemorrhage
Clinical evidence of a mass lesion (papilloedema, focal neurological signs, impaired conscious level)
Xanthochromia or uniformly bloodstained CSF
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