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Neuron Specific Enolase, serum

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code NSE
Test group Neuron Specific Enolase
Performed by Quest
Sendout? Yes
Method EIA
Container type Gold top or Red top
Amount to Collect 2 mL blood
Sample type Serum
Preferred volume 1 mL serum
Min. Volume 0.2 mL serum
UCSF Rejection Criteria Hemolysis, or plasma sample.
Processing notes Order Quest Test # 22251P
Units µg/L (mcg/L)
Normal range
Age Normal range
Newborn 4.8-19.5 µg/L
12-17 years ≤ 12.0 µg/L
≥ 18 year olds < 8.6 µg/L
Synonyms NSE
Turn around times Performed 2x per week Turnaround time 3-6 days.
Additional information Neuron Specific Enolase cannot be used as a diagnostic test without confirmation by another established test or procedure. Values obtained by different laboratories are generally not comparable. This test is performed using the Can Ag. EIA method.

Test is useful in monitoring disease progression and therapy in patients with small cell lung cancer and neuroendocrine tumors Neuroblastoma, Medullary Thyroid Ca, Pheochromocytoma and other malignancies that can secrete NSE such as Pancreatic Islet Cell Cancer
CPT coding 83520-90
LOINC code 57371-7
Last Updated 10/2/2010 11:52:51 AM
Entry Number 1051
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