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Cancer Antigen 125

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code C125
Performed by China Basin Chemistry
In House Availability Tuesday, Friday (day shift)
Method Chemiluminescent Immunoassay (Siemens Centaur)
Container type Gold top
Amount to Collect 2 mL blood
Sample type Serum
Preferred volume 1 mL serum
Min. Volume 0.3 mL serum
Processing notes Freeze serum at -20C.
Units U/mL
Normal range < 36 U/mL in females. Not established in males, See Additional Information
Synonyms CA125; C125
Turn around times 1-4 days
Additional information This non-specific marker of malignancy is highly sensitive for the presence of both malignant and non-malignant (e.g., tuberculous) ascites, sensitivity in one study attaining over 98%, with a specificity of nearly 96% (Collazos J et al. Scand J Clin Lab Invest 1992;52:201). High levels may be attained and correlate with the amount of intraperitoneal fluid.

For expected values in males, see:
al-Sayer H., et al. Anticancer Research 1999; 19:2369
van Inger H.E., et al. Clinical Chemistry 1978; 44:2530
Kadayifei A, et al. Neoplasma 1996; 43:17
Molina R., et al. Int. J. Biol. Markers 1998; 13:224
CPT coding 86304
LOINC code 10334-1
Last Updated 5/29/2016 7:09:57 PM
Entry Number 156
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