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Lymphocyte Subset Quantitation

CD4/CD8 test, T-helper subsets, Helper/suppressor ratio, Immunodeficiency profile, Lymphocyte Subset, Flow Cytometry, Lymphocyte Subset, EPIC: LAB6416, SOFT: LYSBG


  • Specimens should only be drawn Monday - Friday. The specimen should not be drawn on weekends or holidays. On the day before a holiday, specimens must be received in the Flow Cytometry Laboratory BEFORE 12:00 p.m. on the day before the holiday for testing to be performed.
  • A Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Differential (CBCD) is required to perform Lymphocyte Subset testing.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: One Lavender-top EDTA tube for Lymphocyte Subset Quantitation AND one Lavender-top EDTA tube for Complete Blood Count with Differential. (Minimum: 2.0 mL each tube.)

  • The second Lavender-top EDTA tube at room temperature is not required for Lymphocyte Subset Quantitation if:
    • CBCD is ordered for purpose not related to this test and drawn at the same time.
    • CBCD is performed in the Outreach Client's office and results are faxed to the Flow Cytometry Laboratory (248-551-1262) and received at the time of testing.
  • If a separate specimen is NOT submitted for the Complete Blood Count with Differential, a CBCD will be ordered.
  • A copy of the requisition must be sent with the specimen. 

FedEx Shipping Instructions

Transport two 4 mL whole blood tubes (minimum: 2 mL each tube) at room temperature. Specimens must be received within 24 hours of collection. No weekend or holiday draws.

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Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Maintain whole blood at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to transport. Specimens must be received in the Laboratory within 24 hours of collection.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Whole blood, at room temperature (20-25°C or 68-77°F).

Rejection Criteria

  • Clotted specimens.
  • Refrigerated specimens, accepted with approval of the Flow Cytometry supervisor or lab director.
  • Specimens received greater than 24 hours post collection. 


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 24 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F):  Acceptable with approval of the Flow Cytometry supervisor or lab director.
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days


Royal Oak Flow Cytometry Laboratory.


Monday - Friday, Saturday until 12:00 p.m.
Results available in 1-2 days.

Reference Range

Lymphocyte Subset Quantitation Reference Range

Age CD3(mill/L) CD4(mill/L)
0-6 months 3505-5009 2780-3908
6-12 months 3409-4575 2630-3499
12-18 months 3156-3899 2307-2864
18-24 months 2766-3508 1919-2472
24-30 months 2324-3295 1538-2213
30-36 months 1923-3141 1216-2000
3-18 years 1072-3890 562-2692
Adult 730-2460 433-1722


Age CD8(mill/l) CD19(mill/l) CD56(mill/l) CD4/CD8 ratio
Less than 3 years 351-2479 422-3345   1.2-6.2
3-18 years 331-1445 200-1259   0.98-3.24
Adult 143-921 44-683 42-352 0.6-6.2

Test Methodology

Immunophenotyping by Multiparameter Flow Cytometry.


This assay includes: absolute lymphocyte count, CD3 total T-cells, CD4 T-helper cells, CD8 T-suppressor cells, CD56 natural killer cells, CD19 B-cells, and CD4:CD8 ratio.

Clinical Utility

The Lymphocyte Subset Quantitation test may be used to assess patients with HIV infection or possible immunodeficiency.

CPT Code

86355, 86357, 86359, 86360, 88184.

Test Codes


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