Beta 2 Transferrin Fluid 3 34458

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
0.5 mL of body fluid submitted in a sterile, plastic leak-proof transport tube

Minimum Volume

Other Acceptable Specimens
Cotton swab soaked with drainage fluid submitted in a sterile, plastic, leak-proof transport tube, or drainage fluid submitted in sterile, plastic, leak-proof transport tube

Draw one SST and send serum refrigerated

Transport Container

Transport Temperature

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

Electrophoresis • Immunofixation

Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily; Report available: 1 day

Reference Range
Not detected

Clinical Significance
The presence of Beta-2 Transferrin in nasal or ear fluid, or in wound drainage following head trauma, surgery or from tumors or congenital malformation, clearly indicates CSF leaking into these passages or fluids creating a pathway for life-threatening central nervous system infection.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.