Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

CSF Culture Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is conducted to detect infectious organisms in the cerebrospinal fluid. A CSF culture may be ordered when a person exhibits symptoms of CNS inflammation or infection.



Patient Preparation

The patient might be asked to empty their bladder and bowels before thetest.

Sample Type

Cerebrospinal Fluid

Sample volume

3 - 5ml

Sample collection Container

Clean sterile tube

Sample collection instructions

A lumbar puncture is used to collect CSF for culture and the patient is required to stay very still while the fluid is being withdrawn.

Sample storage

Maintained at room temperature

Reference range

Growth/No growth

Results Turnaround

3 - 42 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Presence of growth on culture is associated with several disorders such as bacterial or viral meningitis, bleeding around the brain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease.