What policies do colleagues have on handling/analysing CSF samples from
patients with CJD?
Our Specimen Reception SOP on handling and analysis of high risk
samples states that we do not accept CSF. We received a sample today
and a very stroppy junior doctor claims he was told by someone here that
we would accept it (but he can't remember who). Interestingly,
according to the grapevine, one of the microbiologists here has stated
that CSF from CJD patients is not actually much of an infection risk.
For those who do analyse CJD samples (blood or CSF), how do you
Dr MJ Pearson
Department of Clinical Biochemistry & Immunology
Old Medical School
Leeds General Infirmary (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
LEEDS LS1 3EX
fax (44)-113 392-3453.
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