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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

Csf (Definition)

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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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

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

Unlikely butpossible: Although the risks of a lumbar puncture are very small they exist nevertheless. This includes possible permanent nerve injury including the rare potential for paralysis particularly in individuals with undetected coagulopathy. ...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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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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Can you tell me what it mean when a newborn has blood around the brain and blood in the spinal fluid?

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

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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

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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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What anitibiotics are there to use to lower white blood cell count in spinal fluid?

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

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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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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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Had spinal tap. O bands were found in CSF and not blood sample. IgG Index, CSF was 1.20. Does this tell how many bands? Says MS or another disease?

Get diagnosed: The spinal fluid may well be consistent with an immune mediated disorder, but MS is a clinical diagnosis based on history, exam, and MRI patterns. Your neurologist should readily be able to sort out these findings. And no, you do not list the number of oligoclonal bands. ...Read more

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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

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

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Had two spinal taps cont2. Csf was Lyme negative... Symptoms still persist 2+ years. Brain MRI white matter foci. Blood test results now normalizing?

Work with your neuro: Specialist, so you can remain in remission. Also, with your integrative medicine doctor to help you out with lifestyle management, nutritional supplements, and ways to help with energy level support as the white matter foci are areas of concern for all. ...Read more

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What is the pathway of spinal fluid?

See below: In short from choroid plexus to arachnaoid granulations. For more info consult this: http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/S1879729611001013 ...Read more

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What's the cost of spinal fluid analysis?

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

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What causes high pressure in spinal fluid?

Common causes: Straining or valsalva maneuver during lumbar puncture, very high blood pressure, presence of tumors or hemorrhages, pseudotumor cerebri, hydrocephalus, venous thrombosis, brain abscess, encephalitis, swelling of brain due to edema of stroke, etc. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a spinal fluid analysis done?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do so mycoplasma enters the spinal fluid?

Mycoplasma: Once mycoplasma invades the body it will spread by blood stream to the central nervous system. ...Read more

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Can too much or too little spinal fluid cause headaches?

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

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Is it possible that a person die from having spinal fluid in their bloodstream?

No.: 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

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Many years ago I had spinal taps to relieve high spinal fluid pressure. My symptoms are back. Is there a less painful way to treat this today?

Pseudotumor cerebri?: Ask a neurosurgeon. There are procedures such as making tiny windows in the sheath around the optic nerve that may help greatly. ...Read more

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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

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What are the causes for leaking spinal fluid?

See below: Spinal fluid may leak following a spinal tap, surgery or trauma to the head and sometimes without known cause. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001068.htm. ...Read more

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What should I do if my spinal fluid is black?

Can you explain: Who told you that your spinal fluid is black? Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. Can you clarify? Black cartilage around the spine warns of alkaptonuria, and various pigments can darken the fluid but it'll never truly be black. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my spinal fluid is not clear but bloody or another color?

What does it mean if my spinal fluid is not clear but bloody or another color?

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