Which tests may be conducted using cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from 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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When indicated, viral titers or cultures, Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) tests, Cryptococcus antigen assays, India ink stains, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) levels, or other studies are ordered. Additional tests may be warranted, depending on the clinical situation. All specimens should be taken to the laboratory promptly to prevent hemolysis and specimen misplacement.


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