Alpha Interferon, ARUP #93148, EPIC: LAB6291, SOFT: XINTF
Specimen Collection Criteria
Collect: One plain Red-top tube.
- Critical frozen. Send specimen for processing immediately after collection.
- Separate samples must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.
Do not use Serum Separator Tubes.
Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation
Critical frozen. Let specimen clot 30-60 minutes then centrifuge to separate serum from cells. Transfer serum to a plastic transport tube and freeze (-20°C/-4°F or below) within 30 minutes of collection.
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport: 1.0 mL serum, frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below). (Min: 0.5 mL)
- Grossly hemolyzed specimens.
- Iceteric specimens.
- Lipemic specimens.
- Serum Separator (SST) tubes.
- Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.
Specimen Stability for Testing:
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): Unacceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Unacceptable
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): 1 month
Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Sendout Laboratory with any questions.
Sent to ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT, forwarded to Quest Diagnostics, Cypress, CA.
Results available in 8-18 days.
Semi-Quantitative Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay.
Interferon-alpha is one of three species of interferon that possesses various biological properties including immunodulating activity, anti-tumor activity and anti-viral activity. Elevated interferon-alpha levels are reportedly seen in viral diseases, chronic fatigue-immune dysfunction syndrome and some inflammatory diseases.
ARUP #93148, EPIC: LAB6291, SOFT: XINTF
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