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Cerebrospinal Fluid - microscopy and culture

Ordering information:

All other CSF tests, e.g.virus studies, Cryptococcal Antigen, Mycobacteria study, need to be ordered seperately in EMR

Alternate names:
CSF - microscopy & culture, CSF culture, CSF M+C
Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
CSF
Specimen types:
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Container types:
CSFCSF
Collection Instructions:

Lumbar Puncture/CSF Collection Instructions

Notes:

Special tests available on request:

PCR for viruses

Acid-fast stain and/or culture for Mycobacteria

Cryptococcal antigen

Serological test for Syphilis (must be paired with 5mL serum sample or test will not be performed)

Viral Serology, if CSF is accompanied by serum sample

Flow Cytometry - requires a 4th tube

The turnaround time for CSF microscopy are 30-40 minutes.

The turnaround time for CSF culture are 3-5 days.

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
30-40 minutes
Reference Interval:
RBC   0 x 106/L
WBC

Lymphocytes

 

< 6 x 106/L
  Other WBC's 0 x 106/L
Neonates WBC < 25 x 106/L

Note: The normal ratio of white cells to erythrocytes is approximately 1:500

Laboratory Use Only

SPECIMEN COLLECTION MODULE (SCM) FAQs - CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE for a consent form to perform tests not covered by Medicare

TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

CLICK HERE for Minimum Labelling Requirements

CLICK HERE for a printable Pathology request form

CLICK HERE for a Log sheet for recording Pathology results

"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PREFERRED ORDER OF DRAW