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why is it bad to have blood in your cerebrospinal fluid?

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Dr. Seth Cook
Pathology 26 years experience
Abnormal CSF: Normal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is clear and colorless. Bloody CSF is abnormal. Possible causes include subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage or cerebral infarct. A traumatic spinal tap may also result in bloody CSF.

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Not always: Blood in the spinal fluid may have been introduced during the procedure ("bloody tap"); in this case, the rest of the fluid not not be xanthochromic. Blood in the CSF otherwise strongly suggests there has been a hemorrhage into the brain and/or cord and/or their surroundings.

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