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Xanthochromia

Alternate names:
CSF-Xanthochromia
Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
XANTHC
Specimen types:
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Container types:
CSFCSF
Collection Instructions:

Please note : to avoid sample deterioration, DO NOT send CSF specimens via the vacuum chute system.

Please quickly check that the tube is labelled underneath the foil before referring.

THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 0.6 mL OF CSF OR THE TEST CANNOT BE PERFORMED

 

Notes:

This test is specialised and will only be performed on CSF's when:

CT scan is negative

 

Four tubes must be collected and the container of the 4th tube must be wrapped in foil (please Label specimen before wrapping in foil)

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
24 hours
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

CSF xanthochromia checklist

Sample collected >12hrs from onset symptoms   Preferable

 

      4th CSF sample    Essential

 

Sample light protected immediately   Essential

 

Sample transported manually to lab   Essential

 

Serum sample for bilirubin & albumin   Preferable

 

Slip with clinical notes and contact details   Essential

 

Transport Instructions:

Send via a Taxi ASAP. Ring Austin Pathology on 94963100.

External Laboratory:
Austin Pathology
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