1. A manometric reading is obtained (opening pressure) when the taps performed and the spinal fluid begins to flow. This reading can be diagnostic in some cases.
2. Gross appearance of the fluid must be recorded.
3. Cell count (lymphocytes, neutrophils, RBC's)
4. Protein content in mg/dl
5. Glucose level in mg/dl
6. Bacterial Culture, Gram stain and India Ink preparation
6. CRP, Lactic dehydrogenase
In addition to some specific antibodies detection depending on the primary diagnosis.
My mother's biopsy confirmed a malignant tumor. Should we consider a second opinion before the treatment?
My platelet count showed below the normal range specified in the report, but I don’t feel any symptoms. Why could this be?
Only your primary care physician can evaluate your condition based on your history, a physical examination, and any bleeding symptoms.
In general, there is a little tendency to bleed until the platelet count falls below 20,000 to 50,000/mm3. Bleeding due to low platelet counts typically presents as petechiae, epistaxis, and gingival bleeding.
Serum, to put it simply, is the fluid of the blood minus the red blood cells. Under well controlled circumstances, whole blood glucose is usually higher than serum glucose about 5 to 10 %.
As I stated, under well controlled circumstances, means that the home blood glucose testing meter must be well calibrated with two points glucose standards and the readings of those standards must be within the mean and standard deviation of the stated values.
The clinical laboratory, on the other hand,always perform calibration and runs quality control materials on a regular basis as mandated by the accrediting agents.
In general, home blood glucose testing is simply "Glucose Monitoring", which provide a close enough picture of the patient's diabetes status.
I hope this provides a simple answer to your question.