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Item Value
Available Stat? Yes
Test code CSFP
Performed by? Chemistry
Sendout? no
Price range $
In House Availability Routine: 7 days;
STAT: 24 hours/ 7 days
Principle Pyrogallol red dye reacts with proteins in CSF to form a colored complex. Absorbance of the complex is proportional to the protein concentration in the sample.
Interpretation High protein occurs with tuberculous meningitis, pyogenic meningitis, aseptic meningitis, syphilis, poliomyelitis, viral encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, tumors, cerebral thrombosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage. Normal in alcoholism, epilepsy, diabetic coma, and polyneuritis. Elevation may result from fluid collection (bloody tap).
Collection Instructions Hemolyzed fluid will not be assayed.
Normal range CSF
Premature Term Age 1-16 yrs > 16 yrs
mg/dL 50-130 40-120 15-40 15-45
mg/L 500-1300 400-1200 150-400 150-450
Synonyms Albumin, CSF;IgG, CSF;
Stability 48 hours 2-8°C.
Additional information INDICATIONS: Diagnosis and monitoring of CNS disease.
References 1. Randox Total Protein (Urine) Product Insert. UP 1570. Rev. 17/05/02. Randox Laboratories Ltd. Ardmore, United Kingdom.

2. Henry, J.B., Ed.; Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods, 20th ed., Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Co., 2001, pp 407-408.
CPT coding 84157
Last Updated 11/20/2010 12:41:21 PM
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