Cerebral Spinal Fluid Cell Count

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB212
  • Soft Test Code:
  • CCELL
Alternate Names
  • Cell Count, CSF
  • CSF Cell Count
  • Spinal Fluid Cell Count
Included Tests

Clarity; Color; Red Blood Cell Count (RBC); Total Nucleated Cells (TNC)


Specimen Collection & Preparation

Client Notes:

Please contact PHL Client Reponse at 266-1500 (Option 2) to request a Stat courier pick up


Specimen Requirements

1.0 mL Cerebrospinal Fluid in CSF Collection tube

Alternate Specimen

1.0 mL Cerebrospinal Fluid in a Clear Red Top Tube - No Clot Activator
or
1.0 mL Cerebrospinal Fluid Lavendar Top Tube – EDTA

TransportAndStorage

30 minutes Ambient 
30 minutes Refrigerated

Collection Instructions

Do not centrifuge

Physician to obtained via lumbar puncture

Note on specimen and order if specimen is Shunt Fluid

Clinical Interpretation

Reference Range:

RBC: 0/uL
TNC: 0 - 5/uL


Critical Ranges:

Any microorganism present on smear


Test Comments:

If > or = 5 TNC/cumm a differential will be reflexed and charged


Methodology:
  • Hemocytometer Microscopic Exam

Production Schedule

Sites Performed
  • Parkview Kosciusko Hospital
  • Parkview LaGrange Hospital
  • Parkview Noble Hospital
  • Parkview Randallia Hospital
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Parkview Southwest
  • Parkview Wabash Hospital
  • Parkview Whitley Hospital
Days Performed
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Departments
  • Hematology
Stat Eligible

Coding & Compliance

CDM

01430195 (Reflex 01439051)


CPT Coding

89050 (Reflex 89051)