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CSF Cell Count

Mnemonic:    [CSF CellCt]
Name:    CSF Cell Count
Specimen:    1 mL CSF submitted in a sterile container. Deliver labeled sample to the lab immediately after collection. Each container must have the patient's name, MRN or DOB and source of the sample. Date/time of collection must be noted.
  Method:    Manual count
Note:    --Includes a nucleated cell count and an RBC count.
--A differential count is done only if the nucleated cell count is > 5 cells/uL (or > 10 cells/uL in neonates)