What studies are typically performed on the CSF from lumbar puncture (LP)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Different institutions have different protocols for the studies performed on the cerebrospinal fluid. Typical studies include the following:

  • Cell count and differential

  • Glucose and protein levels

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

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