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7526 C3, Complement

Specimen Type
Specimen Stability
Reference Range
Serum
72 Hours, Ambient
7 Days, Refrigerated
Frozen-30 Days
90 - 180 mg/dL

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Serum
Container: 1 Serum Separator Tube (SST)
Temperature: Refrigerated
Preferred Vol: 1.00 mL
Min Vol: 0.50 mL

Method

IMMUNOTURB

Schedule

Monday - Saturday

Turn-Around Time

Send-Out

Instructions/Notes

Clinical Utility

Activation of the complement system takes place via a classical and an alternative route. Depressed values are observed in a number of inflammatory and infectious diseases. Primary causes are systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, subacute bacterial endocarditis, viremia, parasitic infections or bacterial sepsis. As an acute phase protein C3 is produced to an increased extend during inflammatory processes. It is elevated in systemic infections, non-infectious chronic inflammatory conditions (primarily chronic polyarthritis) and physiological states (pregnancy).

CPT Codes

86160

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