Drinking Glass Test for a Deadly Disease

April 1, 2006

Meningococcal septicemia can bedeadly if not diagnosed and treatedearly.

Meningococcal septicemia can bedeadly if not diagnosed and treatedearly. One of the first signs of the infectionusually is a rash, which typicallyappears on the extremities andpresents as a petechial, nonblanchingexanthem. This rash can be quicklyconfirmed by pressing a drinkingglass against the involved skin. If therash does not fade when the glass isremoved, it is highly likely that thepatient has meningococcemia, inwhich case immediate treatment withintravenous antibiotics is required.

-Gopi Rana-Mukkavilli, MD
   New York