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Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more


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What would cause the protein to be a little high in spinal fluid?

What would cause the protein to be a little high in spinal fluid?

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

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What does it mean if there is protein in my spinal fluid?

What does it mean if there is protein in my spinal fluid?

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

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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%?

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%?

Consistent with...: ...Meningitis; glucose in CSF should be at or above 2/3 of blood glucose, and 90% lymphocytes differential is suggestive of, but not diagnostic for, viral meningitis. Until cultures come back (2-3 days) must be treated as bacterial. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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What does having an elevated CSF protein level mean?

What does having an elevated CSF protein level mean?

CSF protein: Any inflammation or infection can do this to some degree and the protein tends to increase with age and in diabetics. ...Read more

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What does having an elevated CSF protein level of 87 mean?

What does having an elevated CSF protein level of 87 mean?

CSF protein: An elevated CSF protein cannot be taken out of context without knowing the cell count and glucose. Overall, the CSF protein does increase somewhat with age and in diabetics. ...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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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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Please explain what it means if the spinal tap I had was unable to get enough CSF fluid?

Please explain what it means if the spinal tap I had was unable to get enough CSF fluid?

A couple things...: This could mean that you were significantly dehydrated at the time or possibly the person doing the LP may not have had a good angle to provide good CSF flow from the needle. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

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

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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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What does it mean if a fetus has too much spinal fluid in the second trimester?

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

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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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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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Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

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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I have several m.S. Symptoms, but no lesions on brain mri.. But what does 2 white obligonal bands on spinal fluid mean.?

I have several m.S. Symptoms, but no lesions on brain mri.. But what does 2 white obligonal bands on spinal fluid mean.?

One of diagnostic: Tests. A diagnosis of ms is usually made on the basis of clinical findings, MRI and oligoclonal bands in cerebrospinal fluid. One of the features of ms is recurrent episodes. See this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001747/. ...Read more

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Ms work up: elevated WBC in spinal fluid retested sample but ruled not meningitis. Waited 6mo retap'd, WBC level decreased still present. What is it?

Ms work up: elevated WBC in spinal fluid retested sample but ruled not meningitis. Waited 6mo retap'd, WBC level decreased still present. What is it?

Not surprising: Active ms does have occasional white cell elevation as a consequence of the inflammation, and this merely represents active disease. That said, are you on a potent medication to suppress all of this. Maybe one of the newer oral agents or tysabri (natalizumab). The standard old standby injectables are not going to do this. See your neurologist and get under control. ...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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The elevated protein level in CSF show GBS or polio?

The elevated protein level in CSF show GBS or polio?

Need more info: Unless you are in Pakistan or Afghanistan, the kid does not have polio. How much protein was there? What was the cell count? What symptoms does the child have? All these things need to be sorted out by examining the child and it would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Adnorm. Blood & cfs results: high: CSF protein-47, high cfs albumin-30.9; low total protein-5.7, low gamma globulin-.5, low IgG quantitative -621 worry?

Adnorm. Blood & cfs results: high: CSF protein-47, high cfs albumin-30.9; low total protein-5.7, low gamma globulin-.5, low IgG quantitative -621 worry?

CSF: Some experts consider CSF protein levels to be normal if the value is equal to or below your age in years. I don't think in your case there is a reason to worry. Other CSF components are important as well. Check with your physician to see if there is any reasons to worry. Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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My CSF results show normal cell count but show inflammatory proteins-oligoclonal bands, what does this mean please?

My CSF results show normal cell count but show inflammatory proteins-oligoclonal bands, what does this mean please?

Oligoclonal bands: These proteins are immunoglobulins usually detected by separating the proteins in an electric field-charged gel. Many CNS diseases are associated with their presence, but most commonly they are tested for when there is concern about multiple sclerosis. Since many diseases can cause the abnormality, finding them is not specific and must be correlated with symptoms and other findings. ...Read more

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Igg synthesis (csf +serum) 20.1, IgG index 1.86, albumin CSF 11.8, IgG CSF 6.4, IgG 1080, albumin 3.7, protein 34 and glucose 54 what do they mean?

Lab Values: These are results from CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) tests that identify values that tell your physician whether you have normal or abnormal levels of Immune Globulin (igg), whether the ratio compared to your blood is correct; adequate protein (albumin) and sugar in the csf. All of these help to diagnose what type of problem may be occurring in your body and nervous system especially. ...Read more

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I took a Lumbar Puncture test and one result came back, CSF protein 46...what does this count mean?

Probably OK: That's a barely abnormal protein level. If it's the only abnormal finding in your CSF, probably everything is OK. But double check with your doctor. ...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