1 mL body fluid in a plastic vial or tube. Also acceptable: Smaller volumes of direct collection or swabs from which fluid can be expressed.
Identify specimen source and refrigerate.
3 hours ambient or 8 days refrigerated at 2-8o C.
1 mL body fluid.
0.5 mL body fluid.
Total protein is determined prior to immunofixation. Reliable results are best obtained with adequate specimen volume. A total protein may not be able to be performed if specimen is less than minimum volume.