Clinical Use: Raised protein suggests:

  • Tumours
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Polyneuritis
Background: CSF protein concentration is used to detect increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier to plasma proteins or to detect increased intrathecal production of immunoglobulins to aid in diagnosis of high intracranial pressure due to brain tumor, intracerebral hemorrhage, traumatic injury, or by inflammation due to bacterial or viral meningitis, encephalitis or poliomyelitis.
Reference Ranges: Adults: 0.2 – 0.4 g/l
Associated Diseases:
Patient Preparation:
Specimen Requirements: Sample type:

  • CSF in a plain, white topped universal container.
    • Samples should not contain blood.

Sample identification:

  • Three patient identifiers from
    • Name
    • D.O.B.
    • Address
    • N.H.S. number
    • Unit Number

    should match on the specimen and request form. This check may be performed prior to centrifugation by the Central Sort department.

Turnaround Time: 2 hours
Additional Information:
Referred Test: