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CSF Evaluation and Diagnosis

Examination of CSF provides vital information, which aids in the diagnosis of several disorders:

  • Benign disorders
    • Meningitis
    • Encephalitis
    • Brain abscess
    • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Guillain-Barrè syndrome
  • Malignant disorders
    • Leukemia with CNS involvement
    • Malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord
    • Metastasis of malignant tumors