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Test and sample information

This is a searchable database of information about tests offered by Pathology at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

If there are any comments on specific test content please contact john.monaghan@nhs.net .

For further patient information on pathology tests please visit: www.labtestsonline.org.uk

Xanthochromia screen
Sample container
Universal container / 20mL white top
Volume required
1 mL
Special requirements for specimen collection
Samples should be taken at least 12 hours after event (e.g. onset of severe headache).  Sample number 4 (i.e. after CSF collected for protein and glucose) is required.  Protect from light and AVOID USE OF PNEUMATIC TUBE.  A simultaneous blood sample is also required for bilirubin and total protein.
Clinical notes
Increased CSF bilirubin supports the occurrence of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) but is not specific for this.  CT scan is positive in up to 98% of patients with SAH presenting within 12 hours.
Turn around time
Same day
Last modified: 16/08/2018