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Dr. John Leander Po
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Csf Culture (Overview)

In order to uncover the culprit in a case of meningitis, spinal fluid is obtained, and an attempt to grow the organism in the lab follows (culture).


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What is the definition or description of: CSF culture?

What is the definition or description of: CSF culture?

Meningitis: In order to uncover the culprit in a case of meningitis, spinal fluid is obtained, and an attempt to grow the organism in the lab follows (culture). ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
164 doctors shared insights

Csf Culture (Overview)

In order to uncover the culprit in a case of meningitis, spinal fluid is obtained, and an attempt to grow the organism in the lab follows (culture).


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What exactly is a CSF culture & what is its purpose? Is it difficult to perform and does it take longer than blood cultures for a result to come back?

What exactly is a CSF culture & what is its purpose? Is it difficult to perform and does it take longer than blood cultures for a result to come back?

Similar to blood: A CSF culture is when you take a sample of CSF (usually from a lumbar puncture which samples the CSF from the spinal canal in the lower back - so yes a bit more difficult to perform but still pretty routine) and culture it to see if there are bacteria (or sometimes viruses) growing in it, usually to look for meningitis. It takes the same amount of time as a blood culture (48 hours). ...Read more

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What causes bands to show up in csf?

What causes bands to show up in csf?

Two things: You can have bands (immature neutrophils or acute inflammatory cells) in the CSF from blood contamination or acute inflammation in the CSF from diseases such as meningitis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: csf?

CSF: 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 brain & spinal cord. ...Read more

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What does effacement of ventral CSF mean?

Imaging study: This is often noted when there is suspicion of a herniated nucleus pulposis as a cause of low back problems. Something is in the space that should be occupied by the cerebrospinal fluid. ...Read more

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What exactly is a CSF xanthochromia test?

What exactly is a CSF xanthochromia test?

Lumbar puncture: This is not a test of the spinal fluid but an observation on color, i.e., the normal CSF is clear, and if tinted, that suggests presence of red blood cells, and possible bleeding in brain or spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is mild effacement of the ventral CSF space?

CSF: It depends on the clinical situation. What is the background information for gettig the mri? ...Read more

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What does effacement of anterior csf column mean?

Touching: Just touching the fluid around the cord ... getting close but not putting pressure on the cord itself ... usually a disc that's bulged far enough to be of concern. ...Read more

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Could you provide some information on dealing with CSF leakage?

See below: CSF leak may occur after a spinal tap. Rarely there can be a spontaneous CSF leak. It is usually associated with severe headache. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001068.htm ...Read more

Cerebrospinal Fluid (Definition)

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 ...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