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Test ID: CRGSP    
Cryoglobulin and Cryofibrinogen Panel, Serum and Plasma

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Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Plasma EDTA
Serum

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.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.

                                      

Plasma and serum are required.

 

Cryofibrinogen

Collection Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Tube must remain at 37 degrees C.

2. Centrifuge at 37 degrees C. (Do not use a refrigerated centrifuge. If absolutely necessary, ambient temperature is acceptable.) It is very important that the specimen remain at 37 degrees C until after separation of plasma from red cells.

3. Place plasma into an appropriately labeled plastic vial.

 

Cryoglobulin

Collection Container/Tube: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Tube must remain at 37 degrees C.

2. Allow blood to clot at 37 degrees C.

3. Centrifuge at 37 degrees C. (Do not use a refrigerated centrifuge. If absolutely necessary, ambient temperature is acceptable.) It is very important that the specimen remain at 37 degrees C until after separation of serum from red cells.

4. Place serum into an appropriately labeled plastic vial.

Additional Information: Analysis cannot be performed with <3 mL of serum. Smaller volumes are insufficient to detect clinically important trace (mixed) cryoglobulins. Less than 3 mL will require draw of a new 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.

Serum: 3 mL/Plasma: 0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Gross OK

Lipemia

Mild OK; Gross OK

Icterus

Mild OK; Gross OK

Other

Serum gel tube or plasma gel tube

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Plasma EDTARefrigerated (preferred)
 Frozen 
SerumRefrigerated (preferred)
 Frozen