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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Cell Count (CSF)

Test Name

CSF Cell Count (CSF)

CSF Tube Urine sample Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = Sterile, screw-capped transport tube or CSF tube.

Preferred volume to collect: 1.0 mL CSF

Minimum volume to collect: 0.5 mL CSF

Neonate volume to collect: 0.5 mL CSF

Tube 1: Cell count
Tube 2: Glucose and protein, Oligoclonal Banding
Tube 3: Gram stain and culture (C+S) or Virology
Tube 4: Cell count/Flow Cytometry/cytology.

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Collect sample in a sterile container and send to core lab. Ensure sample is mixed adequately. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label or requisition.

Lab staff Instrustions Receive sample from order entry. Do not receive specimen by scan.

Stability: Stable within 1 hour of collection at room temperature.

Transportation: Transport at room temperature within 1 hour of collection.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

Xanthochromia: 1 hour
Cell Count and Differential: 4 hours

Test Utilization

Reference value


Test Code



Manual Count

Testing Location


Other Information

Last Updated: July 10, 2020