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Cerebrospinal fluid

Analysis of CSF, Gucose, Protien, Albumin, Globulin, Function of CSF, Secretion of CSF, Absorption of CSF, Bacterial Infection, Clinical Significance, Normal Composition of CSF, Microscopic examination of CSF, COOMASSIE BRILLIANT BLUE(CBB), REVERSE BIURET METHOD

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Cerebrospinal fluid

  1. 1. SANJEEV KUMAR B.Sc MLT PART-III
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear, colourless fluid formed in the ventricles of the brain  Mainly by choroid plexus (meshwork of tiny small blood vessels in lateral third and fourth ventricles).  An ultrafiltrate of plasma.  CSF is contained within the cerebral ventricles, the spinal canal and the subarachnoid space (space between arachnoid externally and pia mater internally) surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  CSF is reabsorbed into the blood through the arachnoid villi of dural venous sinuses. 31-05-2017 2
  3. 3. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is present within the subarachnoid space surrounding the brain in the skull and the spinal cord in the spinal column. 31-05-2017 3
  4. 4. Formation  Secreted by choroid plexuses into each ventricle.  Choroid plexus are areas where the lining wall of the ventricle is very thin and has a profusion of capillaries.  Selective ultrafiltration of plasma  Active secretion by epithelial membranes.  some originates from the ependymal cells lining the ventricles and from the brain substance. 31-05-2017 6
  5. 5. CSF FORMATION  Rate 0.35-0.40 ml/min OR  500-600 ml/Day  Total Volume:100-150ml & 10-60ml in New Born  0.25% of total vol replace each minute  Turn over time for total CSF vol  5-7 hours  = 4 times / day  40%-70% enters macroscopic spaces via CP  30%-60% enters across ependyma and pia 31-05-2017 7
  6. 6. CIRCULATION OF CSF  Circulation: CSF is mainly formed in choroid plexus of the lateral ventricle.  CSF passes from the lateral ventricle to the third ventricle through the interventricular foramen (foramen of Monro).  From third ventricle it passes to the fourth ventricle through the cerebral aqueduct. The circulation is aided by the arterial pulsations of the choroid plexuses.  From the fourth ventricle (CSF) passes to the subarachnoid space around the brain and spinal cord through the foramen of magendie and foramina of luschka. 31-05-2017 9
  7. 7. CIRCULATION OF CSF Lateral ventricle Foramen of Monro [Interventricular foramen] Third ventricle: Subarachnoid space of Brain and Spinal cord Fourth ventricle: Cerebral aqueduct Foramen of megendie and formen of luschka 31-05-2017 10
  8. 8. FUNCTIONS OF CSF A shock absorber A mechanical buffer Act as cushion between the brain and cranium Act as a reservoir and regulates the contents of the cranium Serves as a medium for nutritional exchange in CNS Transport hormones and hormone releasing factors Removes the metabolic waste products through absorption 31-05-2017 16
  9. 9. CLINICALAPPLICATION OF CSF EXAMINATION In the diagnosis of a. Bacterial, viral or fungal meningitis. b. Encephalitis. c. Malignant infiltrates like in acute leukemia, lymphoma. d. Subarachnoid hemorrhage. e. Spinal canal blockage leading to elevated intracranial tension. f. Sub acute sclerosing pan encephalitis (SSPE) 31-05-2017 17
  10. 10. Routine Laboratory CSF Analysis Collection  Lumbar puncture  At interspace of vertebrate Lumber 3rd-4th or 4th-5th  With complete aseptic techniques  3-5 ml of CSF is collected  It requires certain precautions and careful technique to prevent the introduction of infection or the damaging of neural tissue. 31-05-2017 18
  11. 11. Sampling Collected CSF sample is immediately divided into three tubes: Tube 1: Chemical Investigation (kept in freezer till performed) Tube 2: Microbiology Investigation (kept in room temperature) Tube 3: Microscopic Investigation (Cellular Counting – Differential) Tube 4: Cytology and Special Studies 31-05-2017 20
  12. 12. Normal Physical appearance Appearance & Color Clear ,Colorless pH 7.3 Daily Secretion 450-500 ml Specific Gravity 1.006-1.007 Normal Microscopic cells Lymphocytes 1-5 /H.P.F Normal Chemical appearance Protein 15-45 mg/dl Glucose 50-80 mg /dl Chloride 115-130 mmol /L Calcium 1.0-1.40 mmol/L Phosphorus 0.4-0.7 mmol/L Magnesium 1.2-1.5 mmol/L Potassium 2.6-3.0 mmol/L Normal Microbiological appearance No pathogenic microorganisms Normal CSF Composition 31-05-2017 21
  13. 13. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF CSF Normal CSF: Clear & colorless Viscosity: equal to water (increased with increased proteins) Color and/or turbidity of CSF: observed only in pathological circumstances. Turbid CSF Bacteria WBCs cells or pus cells: suggestive of a CNS infection (menigitis or encephalitis) Blood : suggestive of hemorrhage: subarachnoid or artifactual traumatic tap. Red & brown color : Blood Yellow colour 1- Jaundice (bilirubin in CSF) 2- Xanthochromia (hemoglobin breakdown pigments in CSF) Xanthochromic CSF suggests that a subarachnoid hemorrhage has recently occurred (at least within two hours prior to tapping). The yellow color is due to bilirubin generated in the CNS by the breakdown of hemoglobin released from RBC's. (so jaundice should be excluded). 31-05-2017 22
  14. 14. MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION OF CSF WBCs Normal Total WBCs count: 1-5 lymphocytes /HPF Normal differential WBCs Count: (in centrifuged cells) - 62% lymphocytes - 36% monocytes - 2% neutrophils Increased neutrophils: bacterial meningitis Increased lymphocytes: aseptic and viral meningitis RBCs Normally CSF is blood free RBCs in CSF: subarachnoid hemorrhage & malignancy Artifact: traumatic tap (should be excluded) (Traumatic tap bright red color RBCS in decreasing number as the fluid is sampled) 31-05-2017 23
  15. 15. CHEMICAL EXAMINATION OF CSF In addition to the major ions, CSF contains oxygen, sugars (e.g. glucose, fructose), lactate, proteins (e.g. albumin, globulins) and amino acids. 31-05-2017 24
  16. 16. ANALYSIS OF PROTEIN IN CSF  Turbidimetric method  Coomassie Brilliant Blue Method  Pyrogallol Red Method  Reverse Biuret method 31-05-2017 25
  17. 17. TURBIDIMETRIC METHOD  Protein molecules which are normally soluble in solution can be made to precipitate by the addition of 3% Trichloro acetic Acid(TCA).  Protein precipitation causes the solution to become turbid.  Thus the concentration of protein can be determined by measuring the degree of turbidity.  The absorbance of turbidity is measured at 490nm.  Precipitation can be achieved by sulfosalicylic acid and with sulfosalicylic acid in combination with sodium sulphate/TCA. Reagent  3% TCA  0.5% w/v stock protein standard 31-05-2017 26
  18. 18. S.No. Reagent Test Std Blank 1 CSF Sample 0.5ml - - 2 Std - 0.5ml - 3 D.W. - - 0.5ml 4 3% TCA 1.5ml 1.5ml 1.5ml Working protein standard Stock 0.1ml Normal saline 10m Procedure Mix and keep at RT for 10-15 min. Read at 490nm 31-05-2017 27
  19. 19. Calculation 𝐶𝑆𝐹 𝑃𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑠, 𝑔 𝑙 = 𝑇 − 𝐵 𝑆 − 𝐵 𝑥 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐. 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑡𝑑 COOMASSIE BRILLIANT BLUE(CBB) PRINCIPLE: Dye-binding methods are based on the ability of proteins to bind dyes such as Amido black 10B and Coomassie brilliant blue (CBB). The dye-binding method is particularly used for assay of Total protein in CSF, Urine. This is simple and fast method but linearity is less. Leaves stain on glassware.  Ability of proteins to bind with CBB G-250 & read at 700nm.  Particularly for total protein in CSF and Urine.  It leaves stain on the glassware. Imparts color to the cuvette also. 31-05-2017 28
  20. 20. PYROGALLOL RED  This dye combined with the molybdate, when they combined with albumin of CSF, they form a complex with albumin & give red color. Read at 470nm.  This dye also react with basic amino acid & gives red purple color 31-05-2017 29
  21. 21. REVERSE BIURET METHOD  A method of protein determination has been developed which combines the biuret reaction and the copper(I)-bathocuproine chelate reaction.  Protein in the specimen forms a C𝑢2+-protein chelate complex (biuret reaction) during the first step.  Excess C𝑢2+ is reduced to C𝑢+ by ascrobic acid, allowing the C𝑢+ to form a C𝑢+- bathocuproine chelate complex during the second step.  The amount of C𝑢+-bathocuproine chelate complex formed is inversely proportional to the protein concentration.  The sensitivity of this method was higher than that of the original Lowry, pyrogallol red and commercially available Coomassie Brilliant Blue G.250 methods. 31-05-2017 30
  22. 22. Clinical Significance INCREASED PROTEIN: CSF protein may rise to 500 mg/dl in bacterial meningitis. A more moderate increase (150-200 mg/dl) occurs in inflammatory diseases of meninges (meningitis, encephalitis), intracranial tumors, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and cerebral infarction. A more severe increase occurs in the Guillain-Barre syndrome and acoustic and spinal schwannoma. 31-05-2017 31
  23. 23. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS  CSF protein is normal or mildly increased.  Increased IgG in CSF, but not in serum [IgG/albumin index normally 10:1].  90% of MS patients have oligoclonal IgG bands in the CSF.  Oligoclonal bands occur in the CSF only not in the serum.  The CSF in MS often contains myelin fragments and myelin basic protein (MBP).  MBP can be detected by radioimmunoassay. MBP is not specific for MS. It can appear in any condition causing brain necrosis, including infarcts. 31-05-2017 32
  24. 24. PANDY'S METHOD  Proteins (globulin and albumin) are precipitated by a saturated solution of phenol(7%) in water.  The reagent used is phenol (carbolic acid crystals dissolved in water) or, pyrogallic acid or, cresol, usually termed as Pandy's reagent or Pandy's solution. Procedure  One drop of CSF sample (collected from the patient by lumbar puncture technique), is added to about 1ml of Pandy's solution.  The turbid appearance signifies the presence of elevated levels of globulin protein in the CSF and is regarded as positive Pandy's reaction.  The CSF from a normal adult shows no turbidity or precipitates and this is a negative Pandy's reaction. GLOBULIN 31-05-2017 33
  25. 25. NONNE-APELT TEST  Half saturated ammonium sulphate are common use which demonstrate the presence of an increase of globulin in CSF.  Carefully layer 1ml clear CSF over 1ml of saturated solution of ammonium sulphate.  A thin white ring appearing at the junction of the liquids which disappears on mixing indicates a 1+ reaction.  Heavy cloudiness persisting after mixing is 4+ reaction. 31-05-2017 34
  26. 26. Analysis Of Protein Fractions: (Albumin & IgG)  Albumin of CSF is obtained from blood by means of blood- brain barrier (as it is produced solely by the liver).In cases of increased permeability of BBB, albumin is increased in CSF.  IgG of CSF can be obtained: from blood (By BBB) : increase in cases of increase permeability of BBB & by local synthesis from plasma cells within CSF (increased in cases of MS) So, it is essential to determine the source of IgG 31-05-2017 35
  27. 27. FIRST: CHECK INTEGRITY OF BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER (BBB) BY CSF / serum albumin index calculation CSF serum albumin index = CSF albumin (mg/dl) / serum albumin (g/dl) Index less than 9 indicates intact BBB (no increased permeability of BBB) SECOND: CSF IgG INDEX IS CALCULATED 𝐼𝑔𝐺 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑥 = 𝐶𝑆𝐹 𝐼𝑔𝐺 × 𝑆𝑒𝑟𝑢𝑚 𝐴𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚𝑖𝑛 𝑆𝑒𝑟𝑢𝑚 𝐼𝑔𝐺 × 𝐶𝑆𝐹 𝐴𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚𝑖𝑛 Normal : less than 0.7 Increased in cases of demyelinating diseases of CNS as : Multiple sclerosis (MS) 31-05-2017 36
  28. 28. Glucose Estimation GOD-POD Method  The enzyme glucose oxidase catalyses the oxidation of glucose to gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide.  The enzyme peroxidase and a chromogenic oxygen acceptor, such as o- dianisidine, results in the formation of a colored compound that is measured  Glucose oxidase is highly specific for β-d-glucose.  36% and 64% of glucose in solution are in α- and β- forms, respectively.  The second step, involving peroxidase, is much less specific than the glucose oxidase reaction. 31-05-2017 37
  29. 29. Glucose+𝐻2 𝑂+ 𝑂2 GOD gluconic acid + 2𝐻2 𝑂2 𝐻2 𝑂2 POD 𝐻2 𝑂 + (O) Phenol+(O) Quinone Quinone + 4 amino antipyrine Quinone-imimne (pink colur complex) 31-05-2017 38
  30. 30.  Chloride ISE Method Scale & Titration Method 31-05-2017 39
  31. 31. SCHALES AND SCHALES TITRATION METHOD PRINCIPLE: PFF of CSF is titrated with mercuric nitrate solution. Diphenyl Carbazone is used as indicator. Chloride ions in CSF react with mercuric ions. At the end point, mercuric ions in excess react with Diphenyl carbazone indicator to blue-violet colored complex. Specimen with low proteins content can be titrated directly without removing proteins. 𝐻𝑔2+ ions have more affinity for chloride ions as compared to DPC . 31-05-2017 40
  32. 32. INCREASED CSF GLUCOSE IS OF NO CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE. Causes of decreased CSF glucose • Meningitis-Bacterial, fungal tubercular and syphilitic meningitis. • Tumors involving the meninges. • Subarachnoid hemorrhage. • Cerebral ameobiasis. 31-05-2017 41
  33. 33. Test Appearance Pressure WBC/μL Protein mg/dL Glucose mg/dL Chloride Normal CSF Clear 90 – 180 mm 0-8 lymph. 15-45 50-80 115-130 mEq/L Acute bacterial meningitis Turbid Increased 1000 -10000 100 – 500 < 40 Decreased Viral meningitis Clear Normal to moderate increase 5-300, rarely >1000 Normal to mild increased Normal Normal Tubercular meningitis Slightly opaque cobweb formation Increased/ decreased, spinal block 100-600 mixed or lymph. 50-300 due to spinal block Decreased Decreased Fungal meningitis Clear Increased 40-400 mixed 50-300 Decreased Decreased Acute syphilitic Clear Increased About 500 lymph Increased but <100 Normal Normal Clinical Significance 31-05-2017 42
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