Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Cerebrospinal fluid: culture and sensitivity

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Overview

  • Indicated if CSF is turbid or if the cell count is very high.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Aerobic, anaerobic and fungal culture and sensitivity.
  • Gram-stained smear.

Availability

  • Widely available at commercial laboratories.
  • Smears can be examined in house to give early indication of etiology of infection, ie Gram positive or negative; rods or cocci to allow empirical treatment to be started.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • There may be low numbers of organisms in the CSF resulting in negative culture.
  • May require enriched culture and special techniques.

Technician (extrinsic) limitations

  • Contamination of specimen during collection, may invalidate result.

Result Data

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