Effects of blood contamination on cerebrospinal fluid analysis.

  title={Effects of blood contamination on cerebrospinal fluid analysis.},
  author={James W. Wilson and Jerry B. Stevens},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  volume={171 3},
Data were obtained from 190 cerebrospinal fluid samples collected from both clinically normal and diseased dogs, cats, cows, and horses. Red blood cells, indicating blood contamination, were identified in 115 samples. White blood cells were a rare finding in normal animals. Blood contamination appeared to have little effect on white blood cell numbers even though, in several samples, thousands of red blood cells were identified. An accepted formula to correct for blood contamination was found… CONTINUE READING