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A 43-year-old member asked:

what exactly does it mean when the white blood cell count is high after having a spinal tap?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
If the high: Wbc was in the spinal fluid this would be consistent with meningitis. If the blood count is up this would be indicative of a response to infection, but may well not be in the spinal fluid.
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Lumbar puncture: A high white blood cell count in a spinal tap is most commonly indicative of an infection.

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