Test Directory

CSF Cell Count and Differential

Containers - Adult

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20ml Sterile Universal Container
Volume Range
0.5 - 3.0ml
Additive per Container
No Additive

Reference ranges

​White Blood cells are not normally present in CSF.

Laboratory Site

RIE
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4SA
Telephone (Bacteriology): 0131 242 6021 OOH Bleep 2900
SJH
Howden Road West
Howden
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
Telephone (Bacteriology): 01506 52 3075 OOH contact RIE
WGH
Crewe Road South
Edinburgh
EH4 2XU
Telephone: 0131 537 1000

Transport arrangements

Transport as soon as possible.

Sample storage arrangements

Room Temperature

How to request

TRAK/ Request form

Availability

WGH - Haematology: Monday - Friday: routine service 09:00 - 16:00. Please contact the Bacteriology laboratory (at the Royal Infirmary) for urgent samples outside of routine hours. SJH Bacteriology Monday - Friday: routine service 09:00 - 17:00. Please contact the Bacteriology laboratory (at the Royal Infirmary) for urgent samples outside of routine

Anticipated turnaround

4 Hours

General additional information

WGH - Haematology: An automated white cell count is performed on the sample. If white cells are found, a cytospin is prepared, and a manual white cell differential is performed by microscopy. For further information, please contact the laboratory on 0131 537 1914, if malignant cells are suspected.

WGH and SJH:

If transporting to RIE always phone in advance to alert the Bacteriology laboratory.

There is Uncertainty of Measurement associated with performing cell counts. Details available on request.