Cerebrospinal Fluid, Cell Count and Differential

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: C/C-D
POE DESCRIPTION: CSF CELL COUNT DIFF
CPT CODE: 89051
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours; available stat
TURNAROUND TIME: 8 hours. Cell count available in 1 hour.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be delivered by hand to the laboratory within 1 hour of aspiration.
CONTAINER TYPE:

Sterile test tube from lumbar puncture kit, CSF collection tube or Lavender top 3 ml-draw tube. Do Not use red top plastic tube.

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS:

Cerebrospinal fluid, at least 1 mL in a sterile CSF or lavender top tube.

MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Do not store; place in the hands of laboratory personnel.
REFERENCE RANGE: 0-10 cells/mm³, all lymphocytes and monocytes, 0 red blood cells
LAST UPDATED:

1-28-2013

TEST SYNONYM(S):CSF, Cell Count; LP; Lumbar Puncture; Spinal Fluid Cell Count; Spinal Tap