How are specimens of CSF from lumbar puncture (LP) sent to the lab for centrifugation?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Separate specimens should be sent for microscopic study and for centrifugation. The latter must be done promptly because red blood cells (RBCs) hemolyze within a few hours. The lymphocyte count in normal CSF may be as high as 5/µL.


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