How is Botulism Diagnosed & Treated?
The patient's history and physical examination may lead to a diagnosis of botulism. However, since botulism resembles other diseases, other diagnostic testing may be necessary, including the following:
Computed Tomography Scan (Also called a CT or CAT scan)
This diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional pictures of the body. A CT scan can show detailed images of any part of the body, including the brain, bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than routine x-rays.
Spinal Tap (Also called a lumbar puncture)
A small amount of fluid can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there are signs of an infection or other problems.
This test measures the electrical activity of a muscle or a group of muscles. An EMG can detect abnormal electrical muscle activity.
Test for botulism toxin poisons in the patient's serum or stool.