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Are a high level of lymphocytes in csf seen in ms?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
They may be: A variety of entities, including viral meningitis, can raise CSF lymphocytes.
Dr. Rawhi Omar
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes but nospecific: High lymphocyte count in CSF can be seen in many other conditions like viral infection, CSF lymphoma and so on. Do not self-diagnose based on one test only; check with a neurologist if you have concerns about brain disease
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
CSF results: CSF analysis in patients with MS may have abnormal production of antibodies, but classically have no cells in the analysis.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Nonspecific: Although increased white cells can be present during periods of active relapse or inflammation, in MS, there are many other conditions which can elevate the lymphocyte count. Your doctor should be able to sort out causation, and perhaps a neurological consultation would be useful.

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