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CSF Interpretation
 
 

CSF Interpretation

 
 
Analysis of cerebrospinal fluid is used to identify infections affecting the central nervous system. CSF testing (particularly of proteins) also be used in the diagnosis of demyelinating diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
 

CSF Interpretation

 
 

Overview

  • Analysis of cerebrospinal fluid is used to identify infections affecting the central nervous system. CSF testing (particularly of proteins) also be used in the diagnosis of demyelinating diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
  • NormalViralBacterialFungal / TB
    Opening
    Pressure
    5-20 cmH2ONormal /
    Elevated
    ElevatedElevated
    AppearanceClearClearTurbidClear / Turbid / Opaque
    WBC<5
    No PMNs
    10-1000>100
    >80% PMNs
    50-500
    RBC<10<10<10<10
    Protein15-45
    mg/dL
    ElevatedElevatedElevated
    Glucose>60%
    serum
    >60%
    serum
    <40%
    serum
    <40%
    serum
    OtherPCR for
    HSV/VZV
    Gram stain & 
    culture
    Fungal culture, AFB
 
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