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Cryoglobulins

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: Cryoglobulinemia means “cold antibody in the blood” and is the presence of abnormal antibodies that are soluble in the blood at body temperature but which precipitate out of the blood at lower temperatures in the laboratory. These antibodies are often present in patients with a wide variety of pre-existing diseases such as hepatitis C virus infection, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or Sjögren’s Syndrome or cancers such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
One SST (serum) and one EDTA (plasma) sample
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
Analytes
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
No
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
4ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Only taken at RCH.
Sample must be transported to the laboratory in a thermos flask provided by the laboratory within 30 minutes.
Contact lab for instructions.
Maximum add on time
N/A
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Pos/Neg
UKAS number
8869
UKAS accredited test?
Yes
Comments
N/A

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Last updated: 03-05-2024