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Alias Names:CRP
Edit Date:9/25/2008
Released:Same day
CPT Code:86140
Specimen Collection Details
Collection:One 7.5 mL serum separator tube (SST). Also acceptable: One 4.5 mL light green top plasma separator tube (PST) or one 4 mL lavender top tube (EDTA).
Handling:Allow to clot, centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours. Refrigerate. Freeze if specimen cannot be tested within 8 days. Allow no more than one freeze/thaw cycle.
Stability:8 days refrigerated, or 3 months at -25° C if frozen within 24 hours of collection.
Standard Volume:1 mL serum or plasma.
Minimum Volume:0.5 mL serum or plasma.
Transport:Refrigerated, or frozen on dry ice.
Comments:Measurement of C-reactive protein aids in evaluation of myocardial infarction, stress, trauma, infection, inflammation, surgery, and neoplastic proliferation.
Rejection Criteria:Specimen frozen and thawed more than once.
<0.5 mg/dL