Journal of the Neurological Sciences

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Repeated lumbar puncture in search of oligoclonal bands – What is the yield?
Mermelstein et al.

Published online: May 26, 2022

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) oligoclonal bands (OCBs) are immunoglobulins that represent intrathecal synthesis during central nervous system infection or inflammation. As repeated lumbar puncture (LP) is usually not performed unless clinically indicated, there is very limited data on the natural history and course of OCBs status in the CSF, its relation to disease activity, duration of persistence, and the rate of either CSF conversion of OCBs or disappearancWe retrospectively collected data from adult patients with various neurological syndromes who had repeated CSF samplings. OCBs were analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis or by isoelectric focusing. Read in browser here.

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