Cerebrospinal Fluid Panel with CSF Culture

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB2688
  • Soft Test Code:
  • CFEC1
Alternate 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


Specimen Collection & Preparation

Specimen Requirements

1.0 mL Cerebrospinal Fluid in CSF Sterile 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

Cell Count:
30 minutes Ambient 
30 minutes Refrigerated

Glucose & Protein - 3 days Refrigerated
4 hours on cells

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:

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 - Based on Individual Components

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
  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
Stat Eligible

Coding & Compliance

CDM

01420200, 01420196, 01430195 (Reflex 01439051)


CPT Coding

82945, 84155, 89050 (Reflex 89051)