GS202-1

Gram – CSF: no white blood cells, >10/oif (4+) red blood cells; 2-10 (2+) yeast (Cryptococcus species) – Shipped August 10, 2020

HISTORY

A simulated CSF sample collected from a 38 year old patient with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was sent to category A and C1 laboratories for Gram staining

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from GS202-1

  1. Accurate Gram stain process and interpretation is of utmost importance for critical samples such as CSF.
  2. A well-performed Gram smear remains an invaluable early tool for early identification and prompt correct treatment of a bacterial or fungal pathogen in samples of CSF.

 

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