What tests are performed once CSF has been collected in a lumbar puncture (LP)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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If the CSF has been collected under sterile conditions, microbiologic studies can now be performed. Stains, cultures, and immunoglobulin titers may be obtained; the last are of special importance with diseases in which peripheral manifestations fade while central nervous system (CNS) symptoms persist (eg, syphilis and Lyme disease). [1, 2, 3]


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