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Epic Code LAB195 Protein, Cerebrospinal Fluid

Test Name Alias

Protein CSF | 8650

Interface Order Alias


Quick Collect


Ordering Instructions

Lab Testing is performed using the following tube order regardless of label:

1) Hematology, 2) Microbiology, 3) Hematology, 4) Chemistry

United Lab: 1) Chemistry/Hematology, 2)Microbiology, 3) Hematology

Collection Instructions

Specimen Collection: Spinal Fluid (CSF)


Container(s): Sterile vial or Sterile transport tube or CSF tube

Preferred Volume to Collect: 1.0 mL

Minimum Volume to Collect: 0.5 mL

Neonate Volume to Collect: 0.5 mL


Collection Instructions:

  • Label container with patient information, specimen source, and date of collection.

  • Send to lab immediately (within 1 hour) for specimen processing – See processing instructions.



Processing Instructions (Laboratory, Outpatient or Off-site collection)

  • Centrifuge/Spin: Yes
  • Aliquot: Yes
  • Processing Instructions:
    • Centrifuge and analyze specimen immediately upon arrival to lab.
  • Transport Temperature: Refrigerate

Specimen Transport Temperature


Lab Staff Instructions

Lab Central Staff: All CSF specimens to Hematology first.

Specimen Stability

Ambient: 8 hours

Refrigerate: 6 days

Frozen: aliquot for longer storage

Laboratory Retention: 7 days (United Lab: 14 days)

Test Frequency

Available 24 hours, usual TAT 1 day.

Reference Range

0 up to 10 Days: 40 – 120 mg/dL

10 Days up to 60 Days: 20 – 70 mg/dL

60 Days and up: 15-60 mg/dL

Performing Department


Performing Department Laboratory Location

Corewell Health Reference Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Big Rapids Laboratory, Big Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Blodgett Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Gerber Laboratory, Fremont, MI
Corewell Health Ludington Laboratory, Ludington, MI
Corewell Health Pennock Laboratory, Hastings, MI
Corewell Health Reed City Laboratory, Reed City, MI
Corewell Health Greenville Laboratory, Greenville, MI
Corewell Health Zeeland Laboratory, Zeeland, MI


Benzethonium Chloride



CDM Code


Epic Test ID



Protein CSF: 2880-3

Reviewed Date