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What should I do if my spinal fluid is black?

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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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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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

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

Follow-up: If your CSF looks cloudy it may mean there is an infection or a buildup of white blood cells. If it appears bloody or red there may be bleeding or spinal cord obstruction. If the color is brown, yellow, or orange it could be a sign of increased CSF protein or previous bleeding. This should be followed up carefully. ...Read more

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Whats 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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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 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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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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