TABLE 11-3. CAUSES OF XANTHOCHROMIA

  1. Hemolyzed blood
  2. Serum (if more than 150,000 RBC's from a traumatic tap, etc.)
  3. High level of serum bilirubin
  4. High level of serum carotene
  5. High level of CSF protein (more than 150 mg% or so, depends on proportion of chromagens)
  6. Old age (very slight xanthochromia from increased proportion of chromagens)
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