Gram – CSF: no white blood cells, >10/oif (4+) red blood cells; 2-10 (2+) yeast (Cryptococcus species) – Shipped August 10, 2020
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
- Accurate Gram stain process and interpretation is of utmost importance for critical samples such as CSF.
- 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.