1-5 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab
Specimen Collection Details
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
24 hours ambient, 14 days refrigerated, or 1 year frozen. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles.
1 mL CSF
200 µL CSF
Diagnosis of central nervous system infections can be accomplished by demonstrating the presence of intrathecally-produced specific antibody. Interpretation of results may be complicated by low antibody levels found in CSF, passive transfer of antibody from blood, and contamination via bloody taps.
Serum; hemolyzed, icteric, contaminated, or heat-inactivated specimen.