CEA, Pleural Fluid [17584X]

Test Code
BFCEA (S51848)

Quest Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
3 mL pleural fluid submitted in a sterile transport tube

Minimum Volume
2 mL

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 7 days
Refrigerated: 28 days
Frozen: 28 days

Immunoassay (IA)

This test was performed using the Siemens (Bayer) Chemiluminescent method. Values obtained from different assay methods cannot be used interchangeably. CEA levels, regardless of value, should not be interpreted as absolute evidence of presence or absence of disease.

Setup Schedule
Set up: Tues-Sat; Report available: 1-2 days

Report Available
1 to 2 days

Reference Range

<10.0 ng/mL

Clinical Significance
Determination of CEA in pleural fluid is useful in the diagnosis/classification of malignant effusions of the lung

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute San Juan Capistrano
33608 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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