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Oligoclonal Bands, CSF (Includes serum testing)

Item Value
Approval req'd? Yes, Contact Chemistry/Immunology Resident at x3-1438. if requesting use of serum sample collected > 72 hours before CSF.
Available Stat? No
Test code OLIG
Performed by Quest
Sendout? Yes
Method Isoelectric focusing
Collection Instructions Specimen label must contain the date the sample was collected and the legible name of the person who collected the sample.
Container type CSF tube or sterile collection tube, Gold top
Amount to Collect 2 mL blood
Sample type CSF AND Serum (collected at same time)
Preferred volume 1 mL CSF AND 1 mL serum
Processing notes Centrifuge specimens and freeze at -20C. Order Quest # 127829P.
Normal range Negative (No bands)
Synonyms Immunoelectrophoresis, CSF; IFE, CSF; Protein electrophoresis, CSF
Turn around times Test performed Monday-Friday. Turnaround time: 4-6 days.
Additional information Includes electrophoretic examination only. It is important to include a serum sample to test in parallel with the CSF. This will identify serum oligoclonal bands as the cause of positive CSF bands. If serum collected the same day as the CSF is unavailable a sample collected within 72 hours of the CSF is acceptable. Requests for use of serum sample outside of this 72 hour window require Lab resident or pathologist.

Also see IgG Index.

Immunoelectrophoresis on CSF is not offered.
LOINC code 49852-7
Last Updated 11/21/2013 12:56:37 PM
Entry Number 692
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