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Test Code GLU CSF CSF Glucose

Important Note

Simultaneous blood glucose levels are recommended.

Clinical System Name

CSF Glucose


Sugar (Glucose) - CSF


CSF glucose may be done to diagnose tumors, infections, inflammation of the central nervous system, delirium, and other neurological and medical conditions.

Sample Requirements

Specimen: CSF

Container(s):  CSF Tube, Sterile Screw-Capped Container, Sterile Screw-Capped Tube or Syringe

Preferred Vol:  1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 1.0 mL

Note: Note collection type on requisition and container (e.g. "LP" for CSF lumbar puncture.) Send to the lab immediately (within 1 hour) for accurate results.


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of specimen/incorrect strorage temperature

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp:  2-8oC

Storage location:  Core 5 Chemistry Refrigerator


Off-site collection:  Simultaneous blood glucose levels are recommended.  Centrifuge specimen. If visible blood is present, remove supernate from red cells. Refrigerate specimen 2-8oC in a sealed sterile container.



Specimen Type Temperature Time

 24 H

CSF 2-8oC

 7 D

CSF -20oC or -70oC

365 D



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617

Reference Range

Normal CSF glucose is 45 - 60% of serum glucose measured at the same time.


Method:  Colorimetric method by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume:  0.02 mL + 0.03 mL dead space

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