Lab Case 20

A 25 year old female presents with fever and agitation

Describe and Interpret her CSF results

Macroscopic appearance – cloudy

RBC 8825 (X10exp6/L)

WCC 290 (X10exp6/L)

PMN 95%

Mononuclear cells 5%

G-ve diplococci can be seen

2. What tests do you request on CSF?

3. What is the normal ratio of red cells to white cells in CSF?

4. What is the role of steroids in this condition?