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Csf (Definition)

CSF is also known as Cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear colorless fluid produced in the choroid plexus in the brain, and acts as a cushion or a buffer for the ...Read more


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What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean ?

What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean ?

Possible infection: Bands are immature forms of neutrophils and are produced by bone marrow in higher numbers most frequently as a response to infection. Remember this is just one isolated point of information and needs to be correlated with the overall clinical scenario. ...Read more

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How does a doctor determine whether a patient has more than 20% myeloblasts: is it done by examining spinal fluid or can a blood test easily det

How does a doctor determine whether a patient has more than 20% myeloblasts: is it done by examining spinal fluid or can a blood test easily det

Where?: This is of course the leukemia / myelodysplasia workup. Most often the burning question is whether there's 20% or more in the marrow. If they're in the blood, we already know. Percentage in spinal fluid -- you need spinal fluid. I'm glad you're interested in your workup and I trust you'll have a productive discussion with your physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would an IgG blood test for toxoplasmosis be useful for diagnosing spinal toxoplasmosis, or would spinal fluid from lumbar puncture be needed?

Would an IgG blood test for toxoplasmosis be useful for diagnosing spinal toxoplasmosis, or would spinal fluid from lumbar puncture be needed?

Spinal fluid.: A serum igg test that was positive would show that you had been exposed to toxoplasmosis sometime in your life - not necessarily current infection. A culture of spinal fluid would be definitive. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible causes for blood in spinal fluid?

Can you please discuss the possible causes for blood in spinal fluid?

Blood in CSF: Sources include brain subarachnoid hemorrhage, rupture of an arterial venous malformation, intracranial and in the spinal cord, rupture of an aneurysm, intraventricular hemorrhage, trauma to the spinal cord (transection, laceration). ...Read more

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Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Blood patch 2.0: After a blood patch is placed, the blood patch resolves. There is no risk of a blood clot with this procedure. There are no long time risks. The blood patch resolves after the dura heals. This normally takes days or weeks. The CSF replaces itself in a few hours. ...Read more

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Inadvertently/Experimentally if like all the Pathogens known were injected into the spine. Are they detectable in blood or just spinal fluid?% please

Inadvertently/Experimentally if like all the Pathogens known were injected into the spine. Are they detectable in blood or just spinal fluid?% please

Fantasy question: Homework, right? There's an anatomical barrier that prevents the microbes that produce meningitis (which is what you're talking about, I think) from getting into the blood (sepsis). The meningococcus seems to cross this barrier with ease. Most others don't (for example, a person may have CSF dripping with cryptococcus but none in the blood). ...Read more

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What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my spinal fluid?

What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my spinal fluid?

How many and what: kind of white cells? Up to five normal lymphocytes per cubic mm is okay, anything more demands investigation. ...Read more

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Had an epidural blood patch, does spinal fluid recover itself?, What happens with the blood that got injected in my dura? Does it all go bac to normal

Had an epidural blood patch, does spinal fluid recover itself?, What happens with the blood that got injected in my dura? Does it all go bac to normal

Blood patch outcome: The CSF replaces itself about every 8 hours. The blood of the blood patch forms a clot near any hole in the dura, otherwise it is reabsorbed and recycled. ...Read more