Light Microscopic Cytology of Cerebrospinal Fluid

  • Claire E. Meena
  • William H. Olson
  • Lung T. Yam


Although previously covered in Chapter 4, the following points on gross inspection of cerebrospinal fluid should be reemphasized:
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    Simply looking at a tube of cerebrospinal fluid and calling it clear and colorless is not adequate;

  2. 2.

    The cerebrospinal fluid should be immediately spun down after collection and decanted into a separate tube. An identical tube filled with water to the same level should be used for comparison;

  3. 3.

    One should look down vertically through the entire length of the tube onto a white background. Daylight, rather than artificial light, should be used if at all possible; and

  4. 4.

    Yellowish tints in cerebrospinal fluid are due to many abnormalities, including elevated protein, lysed red blood cells, increased levels of bilirubin, and carotenemia.



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  • Claire E. Meena
  • William H. Olson
  • Lung T. Yam

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