What is the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) protein level in bacterial meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The CSF protein level (reference range, 20-50 mg/dL) is usually elevated in bacterial meningitis. In viral meningitis, these levels are also usually elevated, though they can be within the reference range. In syphilitic meningitis, abnormal CSF protein levels (elevated) and CSF glucose levels (decreased) may be observed in 10-70% of cases.


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