Should I be concerned about protein in CSF (104 mg/dL)?
It may indicate a pathological process.
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I have read your query and here is my explanation.
Elevated protein levels in the cerebrospinal fluid examination may be linked to several conditions such as viral or bacterial infections ( meningitis), subarachnoidal hemorrhage, Guillain-Barre syndrome, etc.
Protein levels alone can't be used to diagnose correctly the condition, all the CSF results (opening pressure, appearance, glucose levels, WBC, etc) should be investigated.
Also, a clinical correlation is necessary.
In regards to your symptoms, I guess that the CSF was drawn to evaluate a possible subarachnoidal hemorrhage and, in such a scenario, you should be concerned until a correct diagnosis is achieved.
Discuss with your Neurologist for these issues.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
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