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* CEREBROSPINAL FLUID CELL COUNT

Mnemonic

CSF CC1, CSF CCA

Synonym

CSF Cell Count - Spinal Fluid Cell Count - Cell Count CSF

Includes

WBC/Nucleated cell count, RBC cell count, differential

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

CSF, into sterile collection containers

Handling

When more than one tube is collected, label tubes corresponding to the sequence of collection. If grossly bloody, place at least 1.0-2.0 mL into EDTA for cell count. Must be less than 1 hour old for accurate cell count. CSF specimens must be immediately processed and delivered to the testing area.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Room Temperature, STAT, if delay is unavoidable, refrigerate

Rejection Criteria

Frozen sample, specimen submitted on swab, totally clotted sample. CSF specimens must not be rejected prior to consultation with technical staff.

Stability

Room temperature: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 4 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Automated count, Manual count performed when indicated

Reference Values

Reference Values

MALE/FEMALE:
AGE:    Less than 1 month
WBC:    0-30/µL
Lymphocyte %:     5-35%
Monocyte %:     50-90%
Neutrophil %:     0-8%
RBC:     None
Xanthochromia:     Absent
MALE/FEMALE:
AGE:     More than 1 month to Adult
WBC:     0-5/µL
Lymphocyte %:     40-80%
Monocyte %:     15-45%
Neutrophil %:     0-6%
RBC:     None
Xanthochromia:     Absent

Critical Values

MALE/FEMALE:
AGE:     Less than 1 month
WBC:     High: >30/µL
MALE/FEMALE:
AGE:     More than 1 month to Adult
WBC:     High: >10/µL

CPT Codes

89051

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:40:36 AM


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