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Cerebral spinal fluid collection

To help assure result validity, the following collection procedure must be observed:

  • Spinal fluid should be collected and transported in a sterile screw-capped tube.
  • Transport promptly at room temperature.
  • Do NOT refrigerate if for bacterial culture.
  • Specimens will be accepted within 24 hours of collection.
  • Specimens must be labeled with the patient's full name (first and last), date of birth, and date of collection. 
  • Please call our Customer Service Department for the proper transport method if non-microbiology tests are also ordered.