By Amer Wahed, MD FRCPath - 25th Jun 2021 - Course previews

Analyzing gross appearance and cell count of cerebrospinal fluid

Normal cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF, is clear and colorless. Both infectious and non-infectious processes can alter the appearance of the cerebrospinal fluid. In this video, taken from our Body Fluid Lab Essentials course, we review what the gross appearance and cell count can tell you about the cerebrospinal fluid and critical clues you need to be on the lookout for.

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