What are the parameters of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis for encephalitis?

Updated: Aug 07, 2018
  • Author: David S Howes, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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CSF analysis is essential. Parameters to be evaluated include the following:

  • Pressure

  • Cell counts

  • Microorganisms

  • Glucose

  • Protein

Brain biopsy is the diagnostic standard (96% sensitivity, 100% specificity).

See Workup for more detail.

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