Ask The Expert
November 15, 2012
The standard tests done on spinal fluid include:
Depending on the reason for a spinal tap, many other types of tests can potentially be ordered as well.
The normal level of protein in the CSF is 15 Ė 45 mg/dL. There are some conditions that are associated with a lower amount of protein. But they are uncommon. If you now are feeling fine, donít be concerned.
If the spinal tap was done because you have had headaches and you had less pain after the spinal tap, there is one diagnosis you should discuss with your doctor. Itís called benign intracranial hypertension. Itís also called pseudotumor cerebri.