Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in a sterile plastic tube. Send to laboratory STAT.
Cerebrospinal fluid is normally collected in sterile plastic tubes and divided among several laboratory departments. Ideally, the specimen should be kept refrigerated until the specimen reaches the laboratory, where a Wright stain preparation will be prepared for cytologic exam and any other ordered testing will be performed (cell counts, culture, glucose, and protein, etc.). The slide preparation should be within 2 hours of collection.
1 mL CSF.
0.5 mL CSF.
Refer to the Surgical Pathology section of the User Guide for special specimen collection instructions.