Chloride, Cerebrospinal Fluid

Test ID: 

702831

CPT code:

82438

Synonyms:

Cerebrospinal Fluid Chloride

Clinical Use:

CSF chloride may be decreased in tuberculous and other types of meningitis.

Specimen Type:

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

Requested Volume: 

1 mL

Minimum Volume: 

0.5 mL

Container Type: 

Clean sterile tube

Collection:

A CSF specimen is obtained by spinal tap and should be collected in sterile tubes and submitted to the laboratory as soon as possible. Ordinarily, three samples are collected in sterile tubes, labeled sequentially as N° 1 (chemistry and immunology studies), N° 2 (microbiological examination), and N° 3 (cell count and differential). Tubes must be labeled with the patient’s full name, date, time of collection, and with the number indicating the sequence in which the tubes were obtained.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Rejection Criteria

Improper labeling

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