Soluble Transferrin Receptor

Test Code
91031

CPT Codes
84238

Preferred Specimen
1 mL serum

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Plasma collected in: Sodium heparin or lithium heparin (green-top), or EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Transport Container
Plastic screw-cap vial

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Not established
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 60 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Icteric samples

Methodology
Nephelometry

Setup Schedule
Set up: Tues-Sat; Report available: 2-4 days

Reference Range
0.76-1.76 mg/L

Clinical Significance
Soluble Transferrin Receptor (sTFR) values can be within normal limits over a broad range of body iron stores and is elevated only when there is functional (i.e. cellular) iron deficiency. It is usually not affected by chronic disease states, sTFR levels are about 6% higher in people in high altitudes (above 5200 ft/1600 m) and in African-Americans. Reference value may not apply to pregnant females and recent or frequent blood donors.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute Valencia
27027 Tourney Road
Valencia, CA 91355-5386



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