What is the classic approach when sending CSF for testing following 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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The classic approach is to send the 4 CSF tubes for the following studies:

  • Tube 1 - Cell count and differential

  • Tube 2 - Glucose and protein levels

  • Tube 3 - Gram stain, culture and sensitivity (C&S)

  • Tube 4 - Cell count and differential


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