Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Protein-Total, CSF

Test Name: Protein-Total, CSF
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: CSF
Collection Information: Not acceptable if collected in anticoagulant.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
4 hours
Stat
1 hour
 
Reference Range: 200-400 mg/L
Effective Date: 2008-11-15
Revised Date: 2014-02-25
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Used for investigating possible, central nervous system (CNS) infection. To detect increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier to plasma proteins. To detect increased intrathecal production of immunoglobulins.
Special Processing:  
Comments: Simulataneou serum specimen and CSF specimens should be taken.

Blood in the CSF specimen invalidates the protein value.
Method of Analysis: Protein: Turbidimetric
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: CSF samples are to be sent to laboratory immediately after collection. Keep samples at room temperature.
System Codes: 
Cerner
PRCSF
 
Referred To:  

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