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Indicator of hemolysis. Decreased levels occur with intravascular and extravascular hemolysis. Increased levels occur with both acute and chronic inflammatory responses, tissue destruction, and malignant neoplasms (an acute phase reactant).
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Collect specimen in an SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze for longer storage. Grossly lipemic and hemolyzed specimens are unacceptable.