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What exactly does it mean when the white blood cell count is high after having a spinal tap?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery

In brief: Lumbar puncture

A high white blood cell count in a spinal tap is most commonly indicative of an infection.

In brief: Lumbar puncture

A high white blood cell count in a spinal tap is most commonly indicative of an infection.
Dr. James Goodrich
Dr. James Goodrich
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Dr. Michael Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology

In brief: If the high

Wbc was in the spinal fluid this would be consistent with meningitis.
If the blood count is up this would be indicative of a response to infection, but may well not be in the spinal fluid.

In brief: If the high

Wbc was in the spinal fluid this would be consistent with meningitis.
If the blood count is up this would be indicative of a response to infection, but may well not be in the spinal fluid.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Dr. Michael Dugan
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