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Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Meningitis: It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis. However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later. ...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


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Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Meningitis: It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis. However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later. ...Read more

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When do you need fungal culture?

When do you need fungal culture?

Depends: My opinion is a culture is almost always necessary to safely and accurately direct the career of a patient. I like to know what I am treating so I tend to culture or do some other confirmatory test, even more so before I consider using a systemic medication. Sometimes a scraping and a look under the microscope with confirm I am dealing with a fungus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fungal culture?

Culture: Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious fungi, such as histoplasma. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a sputum fungal culture test?

Fungal pneumonia: Certain fungi such as aspergillus, cryptococcus, coccidiodes, blastomyces and histoplasma can cause pneumonia and may be cultured from respiratory secretions. ...Read more

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What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

It's rarely needed: We rarely do fungal cultures for athlete's foot, because the diagnosis is usually obvious, and the treatment is the same regardless of culture results. A rare exception might be a case that doesn't respond to topical antifungals. Growth of fungus on a culture doesn't mean you have athlete's foot; it might be due to fungal colonization without disease. ...Read more

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Where is a fungal culture usually done? At a hospital?

Varies: Fungal culture can be taken in pcp's office or in clinic. Testing for fungus is usually done by a hospital lab or a place that provides lab services to docs' offices. Some dermatologists are equipped to do fungal cultures in their office. Results may take a few days to couple weeks depending on what fungus is being grown/tested. ...Read more

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Why would a person need a synovial fluid fungal culture test?

Why would a person need a synovial fluid fungal culture test?

Septic arthritis: A fungal culture would be performed on the fluid collected from a joint if the joint was infected and not responding to typical antibiotic therapy. Joint infections caused by fungal infections are not common. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could examine a blood sample for fungal infection and how can I make a fungal culture?

Can you tell me how I could examine a blood sample for fungal infection and how can I make a fungal culture?

Laboratory: A special system for examining the blood for fungal infection already exists - I would talk to your doctor about it. There are 'fungal blood cultures' which can check this. Usually when someone has fungus in the blood, they are very sick. An infectious diseases specialist can help answer Qs about this type of infection. ...Read more

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Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Not necessarily: I find these studies to be of little value. They are often promoted by alternative health vendors as having value for dozens of chronic conditions. People usually have candida albicans to the point it makes up 5% of the dry weight of stool. Igg is often positive for hundreds of factors for which no problems are present, with the number increasing with age. This includes candida. ...Read more

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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

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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 disease does a CSF test show?

What disease does a CSF test show?

Variety: Most commonly used to check for meningitis or encephalitis infections, or any kind. Helpful in checking brain pressure in Pseudotumor Cerebri, but also useful in confirming inflammatory activity in Multiple Sclerosis. ...Read more

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How much CSF does a person make a day?

About 1/2 liter: The average adult makes about 500 ml (1/2 of a liter or 1/4 of a 2 liter bottle) of cerebrospinal fluid a day. The total volume at any given time is about 150 ml. This volume turns over several times (3 to 4 times) in a 24 hour period. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What to do if I got CSF results and have some questions?

What to do if I got CSF results and have some questions?

Talk to doctor: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. If the doctor who ordered the test is not able to interpret it, it would be useful to talk to the pathologist of the lab that did the tests. ...Read more

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What test are done on CSF sample? Which ones you in the direction

Many: It depends on what the spinal tap is being done for. If it's to see if there is meningitis, than cultures are done as well as analyzing the cells and even rapid bacterial testing kind of like strep testing.

If it's for multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditons, than completely different studies are done.

If the person is HIV (+) than even different studies are done. ...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 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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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

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What can a LP high protein CSF level of 46 mean?

What can a LP high protein CSF level of 46 mean?

Many causes: CSF protein results can be high in many conditions. It is best to interpret the results in the context of all the other results of CSF fluid analysis. Some causes are viral meningitis, demyelinatinfg diseases, diabetes, brain abscess, syphillis, brain tumor, alcoholism, and epilepsy ...Read more

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Pl tell me homeopathic medicine for CSF rhinorrhoea?

Csf: If you have CSF rhinorrhea you should see a neurosurgeon or specializzed ENT asap. No homeopathic medicine helps this. ...Read more

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What does effacement of csf at craniojuntion mean for someone with chiari 1?

Can't say: Specifically without more information or viewing the images, but it is likely referring to mass effect due to the downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum seen in Chiari 1. Normally csf surrounds the cervical cord, the cerebellar tonsils in Chiari occupy this space and "efface" the csf space., so this can create an obstruction to normal csf flow or press on cord. ...Read more

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How do you treat CSF otorrhea?

It depends: It depends on the cause- basilar skull fracture, recent surgery, congenital, inner ear disease or rarely spontaneously. Also implied is a perforated ear drum allowing the leaking CSF to exit the middle ear into the external ear canal or eustachian tube. Meningitis must be identified if present. Treatment could involve antibiotics, diuretics, steroids or surgery. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is CSF otorrhea?

A serious condition: CSF is cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. CSF otorrhea is when the fluid is draining out of your ear. It is considered a sign of a basilar skull fracture. It can also be associated with leakage thru the nose which is refered to as CSF rhinorrhea. ...Read more

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My friend got CSF otorrhea. Why is that?

Otitis? Trauma?: Complicated otitis can cause lesions in the inner/middle ear that erode through the brain coverings (meninges) threatening meningitis and encephalitis with serious or even lethal consequences. CSF otorrhea can alternatively be the result of tumors of trauma to the base of the skull and is a very serious condition - emergent medical care should be sought with ent, neurosurgery, and neurology. ...Read more

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What causes low csf glucose, high csf monocytes?

What causes low csf glucose, high csf monocytes?

TB: This is not a suitable topic for this forum, as a proper diagnosis would require a whole lot additional information. TB meningitis can produce this picture. See this site for more info.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335590/ ...Read more

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What does CSF is completely effaced at C5-C6 mean?

What does CSF is completely effaced at C5-C6 mean?

Read on!: There are 7 cervical vertebrae It means that the disc between C5 and C6 has pressed on the space that has the CSF in it (SUBARACHNOID SPACE) By itself it does not mean much One has to take the symptoms and signs into consideration ...Read more

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What happens to my child as a result of CSF otorrhea?

What happens to my child as a result of CSF otorrhea?

CSF Otorrhea: Depending on the cause, trauma vs spontaneous, the presence of an abnormal communication between sterile subarachnoid space with the flora of the sinonasal places your child at great risk for meningitis, which is potentially life threatening. Your child should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist immediately who may refer you to a neurosurgeon if a complex operation is indicated to seal the leak. ...Read more

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In what way can intracranial pressure (csf) be reduced?

Intracranial pressur: Reducing intracranial pressure is really based on what is causing the pressure. In some cases a spinal tap can be done, there are medications available that can reduce fluid pressure and if do to an obstruction then a tube can be place (a shunt) to bypass the obstruction. ...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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Fungal Culture (Definition)

Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious ...Read more