Cerebrospinal Fluid VDRL

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: C/VDRL
POE DESCRIPTION: CSF VDRL
CPT CODE:

86592-90

TURNAROUND TIME:

2-4 days

CONTAINER TYPE: CSF collection tubes
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Cerebrospinal fluid, 1.0 mL
REJECTION CRITERIA: Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, bloody specimen, heat treated specimen.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 0.3 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate.
REFERENCE RANGE:

See Specialty Labs - Search Test Code 2366C

LIMITATIONS OF TEST:

Laboratory is required to report to Public Health Department.

METHODOLOGY: VDRL (contains cardiolipin-cholesterol-lecithin)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: When syphilis is latent, CSF is sometimes reactive when serum is not. After treatment, a constantly falling titer (although not always observed) is regarded as representative of effective treatment, although it may take many years for the test to become nonreactive. Patients with reactive CSF VDRL results are reported to the City of Chicago Board of Health. This is mandated by law.
TEST SYNONYM(S):CSF, VDRL; Spinal Fluid VDRL; VDRL, CSF