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Blood In Spinal Fluid
My partner went in to hospital with sudden severe headaches, 2 failed lumbar punctures, 1 sucessfull, showed blood in spinal fluid which lead to CT and MRI scan, both clear, after lumbar puncture, can't urinate! Pressure tested on bladder and detusor musc
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
Can you tell me what it mean when a newborn has blood around the brain and blood in the spinal fluid?
Circumstance depends: Most common reason for blood in spinal fluid is from the vessels running beneath the spinal canal. These are frequently damaged during the tap, but nothing is wrong with these babies. Blood can also be present from an infection such as herpes, or premature babies can have bleeding in the brain, which can be transferred into the spinal fluid. ...Read more
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
How many and what: Kind of white cells? Up to five normal lymphocytes per cubic mm is okay, anything more demands investigation. ...Read more
The antibiotic: Choice must be guided by the culture and sensitivity report from the microbiology lab. ...Read more
Need more info: Are we talking about meningitis or one of the numerous other conditions that can cause white cells to be in the spinal fluid? If it is a bacterial infection, then cultures will tell you what antibiotics are appropriate. If it is a viral infection, no antibiotics are needed. ...Read more
No: Unless you have a bleeding disorder.Get a more detailed answer ›
Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?
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
Would an IgG blood test for toxoplasmosis be useful for diagnosing spinal toxoplasmosis, or would spinal fluid from lumbar puncture be needed?
My dad has been diagnosed for "Encephalitis". Doctors are not clearly able to find root casuse. All tests (EEG, MRI, Blood Test etc) came clear. Lumber punture test revealed high protein in spinal fluid, Hence doctors are speculating case of "Encephalitis
Incomplete question.: Your question is incomplete and we don't know what information you are looking for. I am sorry your dad is sick! ...Read more
I had a spinal tap done and the red blood cell count in CSF was 2000+ marked as elevated. What does this mean? It should be 0 accordinh to sheat
Bloody tap or bleed: Since you're able to type this question coherently, I gather that your health didn't suffer after the lumbar puncture, so that would probably rule out a cerebral bleed (hemorrhage) as a cause of the blood cells in CSF. Most likely the RBCs came from a "bloody tap" - trauma to blood vessels of the back from the needle. Normally, no vessels are damaged, but doctors are not perfect! Hope all is well. ...Read more
Had two spinal taps cont2. Csf was Lyme negative... Symptoms still persist 2+ years. Brain MRI white matter foci. Blood test results now normalizing?
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. ...Read more
Yes...: Most people have a constant volume of spinal fluid (about 150 ml in adults). People make enough spinal fluid every day to replace the volume about 4 times. The "old" fluid is absorbed as "new" is made. If the relative volume of spinal fluid increases (which would cause an increase in intracranial pressure), then the patient might have a headache. Hope this helps! ...Read more
CSF is 98% water and contains nothing caustic or dangerous. CSF mixes into the bloodstream in surgery all the time. In fact, CSF circulates and is reabsorbed into the venous system in the normal situation. In addition, one treatment of hydrocephalus is to divert CSF into the heart, where it mixes with the blood.
There is no problem with the situation you describe. ...Read more
I heard that girls/women who take the drug "ecstacy" have traces of it in their spinal fluid for 30 years later. If true, could it impact offspring?
No but yes....: Generally speaking, a woman is born with all of the eggs she's going to have. That means they are all exposed to everything she puts into her body, especially drugs. It has nothing to do with whether it is sequestered in her spinal fluid; it is doing its damage at the time she takes the drugs. This is one of the inherent dangers of taking drugs. ...Read more
See answer: Bloody spinal fluid indicates a subarachnoid hemorrhage or a traumatic spinal tap (bleeding caused by the spinal tap needle>) Yellow cerebrospinal fluid (Xanthochromia) is from the breakdown of hemoglobin and usually occurs within 12 hours of a subarachnoid bleed. It can persist for 2-4 weeks and its presence indicates that any blood in the CSF is from a hemorrhage and not a traumatic tap. ...Read more