Lumbar puncture

Traumatic tap

Increasing RBC counts were statistically associated with increasing WBC counts (P < .001). But in febrile babies under 90 days,where RBC < 10 000/mm3 no real impact and reference range for WBC in uninfected infants with traumatic lumbar punctures was still 0 to 16/mm3.

CSF protein increased linearly with increasing CSF RBCs (up 1.1 mg/dL for every 1000 RBC).

Correct 500:1?  Sounds good in theory, but not in practice.  Predicted leukocytes matched observed leukocytes poorly for 682 CSF specimens.  Adjusted blood counts in CSF have no advantage over uncorrected counts for predicting bacterial meningitis. [PIDJ 2006;25(1):8-11DOI: 10.1097/01.inf.0000195624.34981.36 · ]