Cerebrospinal Fluid Panel with CSF Culture

Last Modified: 5/20/2020 2:25:54 PM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements: 1.0 mL Cerebrospinal Fluid in CSF Sterile Collection tube
Collection Instructions:
Do not centrifuge

Physician to obtained via lumbar puncture

Note on specimen and order if specimen is Shunt Fluid
Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: Cell Count:
30 minutes Ambient 
30 minutes Refrigerated

Glucose & Protein - 3 days Refrigerated
4 hours on cells
Reference Range:

Cell Count: RBC: 0/uL; WBC: 0 - 5/uL
Glucose: 40 - 75 mg/dL
Protein: 15 - 45 mg/dL

For Culture information click here 

Critical Ranges:

Any microorganism present on smear

Test Comments: If > or = 5 WBC/cumm a differential will be reflexed and charged

Due to interferences associated with PHL methodology, CSF protein measurements may not be accurate if intrathecal or intraventricular aminoglycosides have been administered; or aminoglycosides have been administered under conditions that may result in the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier.
Methodology: Multiple
Clinical Significance:  
Custom Panel: No


Stat Eligible: Yes
Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Parkview Dekalb, Parkview Hospital Randallia, Parkview Huntington, Parkview LaGrange, Parkview Noble, Parkview Regional Medical Center, Parkview Wabash, Parkview Warsaw , Parkview Whitley
PHL Test Code: CFEC1
EPIC Test Code: LAB2688
Alternate Test Names: CSF Panel; CSF Panel, ECC
Included Tests: CSF Cell Count [Clarity; Color; Red Blood Cell Count (RBC); White Blood Cell Count (WBC)]; CSF Glucose; CSF Protein, CSF Culture
CPT Coding: 82945, 84155, 89050 (Reflex 89051)

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