Specimen Collection Criteria
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), in a sterile collection container. (Minimum: 0.5 mL)
Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation
Transfer CSF to a plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F). Room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) is acceptable for a maximum of four hours.
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport: CSF, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) (Minimum: 0.5 mL).
Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.
Royal Oak Automated Chemistry
Sunday – Saturday, 24 hours a day.
Results available within 4 hours of receipt in the Laboratory.
AFP CSF reference range: <2 ng/mL.
Evaluating the presence of germ-cell tumors in the central nervous system. CSF levels of AFP will also be elevated with brain metastases of testicular cancer.
Automated Chemistry Laboratory – RO
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