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CSF Analysis

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Also known as: Spinal Fluid Analysis
Formal name: Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To diagnose a disease or condition affecting the central nervous system such as infection, bleeding within the brain or skull, cancer, or autoimmune disorder

When to Get Tested?

When your healthcare provider suspects that your symptoms are due to a condition or disease involving your central nervous system

Sample Required?

A sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collected by a health practitioner from the lower back using a procedure called a lumbar puncture or spinal tap

Test Preparation Needed?

You will be instructed to empty your bladder and bowels prior to sample collection. It will be necessary to lie still in a curled-up fetal position during the collection and to lie flat and still for a time period after the collection.