Hunting down the cause of ME/CFS & other challenging disorders - Lipkin in London
In a talk to patients in London on 3rd September, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin described the extraordinary lengths he and his team are prepared to go to in order to track down the source of an illness, with examples ranging from autism to the strange case of Kawasaki disease.
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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 moderate ME

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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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