Lab Test

Oligoclonal Banding

MS Panel, Multiple Sclerosis Panel, CSF Protein Electrophoresis, Protein Electrophoresis CSF, IgG Index, IgG Synthesis Rate , ARUP #80440, EPIC: LAB6118, SOFT: XOLIG


  • Testing requires both CSF and serum. Collect serum within 48 hours of CSF collection.
  • This test includes: Albumin, Immunoglobulin G, IgG Index, IgG Synthesis Rate and Oligoclonal Bands.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) AND Blood.

  • Cerebrospinal Fluid: 1.5 mL CSF in a sterile collection container. (Min: 0.7 mL)
  • Blood: One Gold-top SST tube or one plain Red-top tube. (Min: 0.7 mL)

Blood sample MUST be drawn within 48 hours of CSF collection. Specimens need to be assayed together for interpretation.

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Let blood specimen clot 30-60 minutes then centrifuge to separate serum from cells within two hours of collection. Transfer serum to a plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F). Maintain CSF refrigerated prior to transport.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: 1.5 mL CSF and 1.0 mL serum, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Min: 0.7 mL CSF and 0.5 mL serum)

Rejection Criteria

  • Submissions that do not include both a CSF and serum specimen will not be tested.
  • Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.


Ambient: 8 hours
Refrigerated: 8 days
Frozen: 1 year


Sunday - Saturday.
Results available in 2-5 days.

Reference Range

By report.

Test Methodology

Qualitative Isoelectric Focusing, Electrophoresis, and Nephelometry.

CPT Code

82040, 82042, 82784x2, 83916.

Test Codes


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