Ordering Recommendation

Preferred diagnostic assay for CSF specimens in suspected neurosyphilis.

Mnemonic
VDRL CSF
Methodology

Semi-Quantitative Flocculation

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

1-2 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

CSF.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 0.5 mL CSF to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.4 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions

Other body fluids. Contaminated, hemolyzed, xanthochromic, or severely lipemic specimens.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)

Reference Interval

Nonreactive

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

If VDRL is weakly reactive or reactive, then a titer will be added. Additional charges apply.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

86592; if reflexed, add 86593

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050207 T.Pallidum (VDRL) CSF Reflex 5290-2
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Aliases
  • VDRL CSF Reflex to titer
  • VDRL CSF Titer reflex
  • VDRL, Spinal Fluid
Treponema pallidum (VDRL), Cerebrospinal Fluid with Reflex to Titer