Test Catalog

Test ID: CSFME    
Meningitis/Encephalitis Pathogen Panel, PCR, Spinal Fluid

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

See Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Ordering Guidance

It is not usually recommended that the following tests be concomitantly ordered if this test is ordered:

-LCMV / Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

-LENT / Enterovirus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

-HSVC / Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid

-HHV6V / Human Herpesvirus-6, Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid

-LVZV / Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

Additional Testing Requirements

1. In some cases, there may be local public health requirements that impact Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ (MCL) clients and require additional testing on specimens with positive results from this panel. Clients should familiarize themselves with local requirements. MCL recommends that clients retain an aliquot of each specimen submitted for this test to perform additional testing, as needed.

2. It is recommended that the following testing be ordered with this test:

-CCCF / Cell Count and Differential, Spinal Fluid

-TPSF / Protein, Total, Spinal Fluid

-GLSF / Glucose, Spinal Fluid

-GEN / Bacterial Culture, Aerobic, Varies

-GRAM / Gram Stain, Varies

3. If clinically indicated, the following testing should also be ordered with this test:

-FS / Fungal Smear, Varies

-FGEN / Fungal Culture, Routine

-LFACX / Cryptococcus Antigen with Reflex, Spinal Fluid

Shipping Instructions

Specimen must arrive at refrigerated temperature within 7 days of collection.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Specimen Type: Spinal fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Frozen specimens are not acceptable.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test


Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Any specimen in transport media Any specimen that has been centrifuged Shunt fluid Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
CSFRefrigerated7 days