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Spinal Tap Results

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by jimells, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. jimells

    jimells Senior Member

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    The lumbar puncture wasn't as bad as I was expecting, although I was surprised how hard he had to push to get that needle in. Before he started, I asked the (nurse? nurse practitioner?), "Will it hurt like bloody hell? Please tell me the truth!" It wasn't pleasant, but it didn't hurt much.

    Anyway, the results:
    OLIGOCLONAL BANDS no bands

    CELL COUNT/DIFF
    WBC-CSF 0.0 0-5
    RBC-CSF 27 0 HIGH

    BODY FLUID DIFF
    SEGS 4
    LYMPH 7
    MONONUCLEAR 10

    Glucose (CSF) 54 40-80
    T. Protein, CSF 37 15-45

    Gram Stain Final no bacteria seen
    CSF Culture no growth 48 hrs

    RPR nonreactive

    The tests were ordered by a neurologist; my impression is he is looking for signs of MS. I was hoping there would've been many more tests done, especially for viruses.

    I'm guessing the high Red Blood Cell indicates a 'tramatic tap', perhaps? I don't know what SEGS and MONONUCLEAR refer to, or why there are no reference ranges.

    According to Lab Tests Online, RPR is a quick test for syphylis that gives false positives for various other problems. Would this be a quick and dirty way to test for the presence of viruses?
     
  2. L'engle

    L'engle moogle

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    Yikes. hope your recovery goes well. I don't know too much about what the results mean. I gather it makes a difference whether the test is ordered/interpreted by someone who specializes in ME/CFS?
     

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