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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / CSF Protein

CSF Protein

White topped universal (no additives)

TestCSF Protein
Common AbbreviationsNA
Tube typeWhite topped universal (no additives)
Clinical IndicationThe measurement of total protein in CSF is important in detecting increased permeability of the blood/brain barrier to plasma proteins, for example, by inflammation caused by meningitis, or to detect increased intrathecal production of immunoglobulins, for example in disease such as multiple sclerosis.
Specimen TypeCSF
Sample typeCSF
Minimum Volume200µl
Special PrecautionsNo special requirements
Stability6 days at 4-8C
Turnaround TimeUrgent: 2 hours Inpatient: 4 hours Outpatient/ GP: 24 hours
LaboratoryYork and Scarborough
Reference Interval <1 week of age: 0.4 - 1.2g/L 1 week to 1 month of age: 0.2-0.8g/L >1 month of age: 0.15 - 0.45g/L
LimitationsLevodopa / Methyldopa, homogentesic acid (alkaptonuria),
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