Lactic acid is of low predictive value for the diagnosis of bacterial infection in ventricular cerebrospinal fluid samples containing residual blood.

@article{Boeer2010LacticAI,
  title={Lactic acid is of low predictive value for the diagnosis of bacterial infection in ventricular cerebrospinal fluid samples containing residual blood.},
  author={Klas Boeer and Wolfgang Pfister and Michael Kiehntopf},
  journal={Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={48 12},
  pages={
          1777-80
        }
}
BACKGROUND Lactic acid concentrations (LA) are an established marker of bacterial infection in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). However, use of LA for the detection of infection in CSF with residual blood has not been fully evaluated. METHODS Analysis of LA and total protein, cell count and bacterial culture were performed in 90 lumbar and ventricular CSF samples contaminated with blood. RESULTS Bacterial culture was positive in six CSF samples. The diagnostic value of the cell count was… CONTINUE READING
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