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Measurement of CSF protein is used to distinguish septic from aseptic meningitis and is also associated with increased permeability of the blood:brain barrier, vasogenic brain oedema, hypercellularity and release of brain-specific proteins during cell death.
Protein concentrations >1 g/L are often viewed as diagnostic for bacterial, fungal or tuberculous meningitis.
6months – 16 yrs
Sample & container required
CSF in universal container