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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.
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.