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Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)

Tube Type

Test ID LAB57
EPIC Order
CPT Code(s) 82378
Group/Individual Test Individual
Laboratory Core Laboratory
Tube Station 30
Specimen Routine: 4 mL blood/serum separator tube/gold top/red top acceptable
Micro: 0.9 mL blood/gold or red top bullet
Stability Spun/Separated:
Room Temp: </=48 hrs
Refrigerated: </=7 days
Frozen: </=4 weeks
Availability 24 hrs/day
Turnaround Time Routine: 2 hours
Stat: 90 mins
Reference Range Normal: </= 5.0 ng/mL
Comments Tumor marker assays cannot be used interchangeably; this test is performed using the Siemens Atellica IM CEA Assay effective 7/13/21. Heterophilic antibodies may cause interference. Refer to Memo #172

Reviewed by Christopher Parker on July 13, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

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McLendon Clinical Laboratories
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514