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Cerebrospinal fluid in tuberculous meningitis

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Specifically in the CSF, there is often

  • raised pressure
  • a fibrin web
  • cloudy yellow, which may clot on standing
  • predominance of mononuclear cells (10 - 350/mm3)
  • glucose less than 60% plasma level
  • protein 1-5g/l
  • tuberculous bacilli often absent in smear

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