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Cerebrospinal Fluid Specimen Collection

Alternate names:
CSF, Spinal Fluid
Laboratory:
Microbiology
Specimen types:
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Container types:
CSFCSF
Collection Instructions:

CSF Collection Instructions

 

 

Notes:

Collect CSF into three separate, sterile, screw-capped tubes provided (labelled 1,2 & 3)

Tube 1 is for Biochemistry (for Protein and Glucose) 0.5ml (10 drops) required 

Tube 2 for Cytology 1.0ml (20 drops)  and/or Flow Cytometry (6ml)

For Flow Cytometry a minimum of 6ml is required  in Tube 2

For Flow Cytometry and Cytology a minimum of 7ml is required in Tube 2     

Tube 3 for Microbiology upto 10ml (Full tube)

If querying CJD the laboratory requires a 4th unopened tube containing at least 1ml of non-bloodstained CSF.

Xanthochromia investigation requires a 4th tube containing 1ml of CSF .

Cell Reference Ranges

                  Adults:

                  0 - 5 lymphocytes (x10*6/L)

                  0  neutrophils

                   Neonates:

                  (£ 1 month)

                  0 – 20 white cells (x10*6/L, predominantly lymphocytes)

                  0 - several hundred erythrocytes


Leucocyte:erythrocyte (WBC:RBC) ratio is normally 1:500 (including traumatic tap).

 

 

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
1-2 hours

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