Beta-2 Transferrin: Detection of Spinal Fluid in Other Body Fluid
Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.
Sources: Nasal, otic, etc.
Collection Container/Tube: Pipet, syringe, test tube, or microcollection device
Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial
Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL
1. If submitting a syringe, remove needle. Add cap to end of syringe.
2. If direct collection is not feasible, specimen may be collected using a cotton swab.
a. Place cotton swab in as small a container as possible (for example, a tightly-stoppered test tube).
b. Do NOT add any additional fluid to swab including, but not limited to, saline or microcollection fluids.
c. Tightly seal container.
1. Although results may be obtainable on smaller specimens (perhaps as little as 0.05 mL, depending on the protein concentrations and percentage of spinal fluid in the specimen), reliable results are best obtained with an adequate specimen volume.
2. Indicate specimen type.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.
Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.
|Body Fluid||Frozen (preferred)|