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what is the definition or description of: cerebrospinal fluid?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Watery substance: The fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord provides an exchange pathway and balancing system for brain and spinal cord metabolism, besides a cushioning system for routine impacts of our day to day activities..

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How long does the spinal fluid analysis take?

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Spinal fluid test: Less than 24 hours.
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What type of doctor can order a spinal fluid analysis?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends: Any doctor involved with medical treatment and workup involving the spine and brain. Often neurologists and er physicians do this to rule out spinal meningitis or nonemergently for working up possible neurologic disease like ms.
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Where do I go to get a spinal fluid analysis done?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Neurologist: Spinal fluid is analyzed after removal from the spinal column using a sterile needle tap to the fluid space around the nerve. Neurologists have special training to get this sample and can send it to the proper laboratory for analysis for you.
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Whats the cost of spinal fluid analysis ?

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Dr. Paul Gause
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
Check with the lab: Spinal fluid analysis has two costs. First is the procedure to draw it (ie spinal tap). The second is the lab cost. You will need to ask the practitioner obtaining the spinal fluid and the lab for costs, as they vary widely from lab to lab.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Why would a patient need a cerebrospinal fluid IgG level?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
CSF IgG: A cerebrospinal fluid igg level is used to diagnose multiple sclerosis.

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