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Cerebrospinal Fluid, Routine Culture - Microbiology

Alternate Names
CSF MCS, CSF Culture
Ordering Information
For specimens with raised white cell counts, the following tests are available by consultation with Medical Microbiologist - AFB culture and PCR, fungal culture, cryptococcal antigens, HSV PCR, CMV PCR, VZV PCR, and Enterovirus PCR. Please prioritise requests.
Laboratory
Microbiology
Specimen
CSF
Container
Sterile CSF tube
Additional Collection Instructions

2 - 10 mL CSF for bacterial culture.

For optimal sensitivity of AFB investigation, a minimum of 10 mL CSF is required for culture.

Minimum Adult Volume
None
Minimum Paediatric Volume
None
Frequency
Daily
Test Code
CSF
Opt. Specimen
See collection instructions