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Table 19 Time course of various CSF alterations after SAH

From: S1 guidelines “lumbar puncture and cerebrospinal fluid analysis” (abridged and translated version)

  <  12 h 12 h – 3 d >3d
Pleocytosis +++ +  
Erythrocytes +++ ++ +
Oxy – Hb + +++ +
Erythrophages + ++  
Bilirubin (+) ++ +++
Siderophages   + ++
Ferritin + ++ +++
Bilirubin Crystals   (+) ++