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Other Causes of Xanthochromia

Examples of sources of pigment other than oxyhemoglobin and bilirubin that can cause xanthochromia include:

  • Methemoglobin
  • Increased CSF protein (> 150 mg/dL)
  • Contamination with skin antiseptic (iodine or merthiolate)