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What Does High Protein In Spinal Fluid Mean
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
CSF protein: The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CSF protein: The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read more
What does this mean:cerebral spinal fluid analysis: glucose 3.3 mmol/l, chlorides 92.3 mmol/l, protein 0.66 g/l, cytosis 208 (10^6)/l lymphocytes90%?
Is there a link between diabetic neuropathy and protein in the spinal fluid and if so what can be done to treat it?
What does it mean when a spinal tap last week read that my CSF total protien is 66 is suppose to be 45 and my album level is 37 suppose to be 25?
Spinal tap results: It's very important to interpret the results of a spinal tap or any other test for that matter in the clinical context of the patient. It sounds like the protein level in your CSF is slightly high - but I wonder if there was any blood contaminating the sample that could account for that. If you were having neurological symptoms, then I would hope a diagnosis could be reached to explain everything. ...Read more
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
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?
Correlate: There's nothing magic about a particular number. Some people with cancer involving the brain and spinal cord surface do not shed the cancer cells into the CSF. Your pathologist can determine where the cells probably came from and guide the clinician in treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, it may still be curable or manageable for at least some more good time. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Spinal or Amniotic?: An increase in amniotic fluid could indicate some fetal anomalies. An increase in fetal "spinal" fluid is usually associated with meningomyelocoeles (a "radar dome" on the fetus' back.). ...Read more
How many and what: Kind of white cells? Up to five normal lymphocytes per cubic mm is okay, anything more demands investigation. ...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
Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?
CSF cell count: Many conditions cause changes in white blood cell count in the CSF. Normally, these are infections, especially viral infections. There are some conditions that are related to the immune system and certain cancers can cause this. Cancer normally causes a very high cell count number, however. If your cell count is low, it is not likely this is cancer. ...Read more
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