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CSF oligoclonal banding - series

Procedure, part 3

Procedure, part 3

Overview

Both the samples are added to a gel, which is then filtered through a cartridge. The gel separates the proteins in each sample and the lab looks for oligoclonal banding.

Results:

Normal:

One or less bandings found in the CSF is normal.

Abnormal:

Results are considered abnormal if there are 2 or more bandings found in the CSF and not in the blood serum. This may indicate multiple sclerosis (MS). CSF oligoclonal bands are found in 83% to 94% of patients with definite MS. Other causes of oligoclonal banding in CSF include encephalitis, meningitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, polyneuritis, headache, and other conditions.

Update Date 5/28/2013

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