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Lab Section:  Chemistry  
Lab Location:  Main Lab
Test ID: LAB57 
Synonyms: CEA
Methodology: Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Schedule: Monday-Friday cut off 2 PM
Reported: I Hour for stats 4 hours for routines.
Specimen Requirements:  Collection: 2.0 mL Blood in a Gold Top Tube
Pediatric volume: 0.5 mL.
Unacceptable conditions: Gross hemolysis
Stability: After separation from cells and refrigerated, 7 days


Clinical Indications: Measurement of CEA has been shown to be clinically relevant in the management of patients with colorectal, breast, lung, prostatic, pancreatic, and ovarian carcinomas. Smokers may have slightly elevated levels of CEA. The CEA assay value, regardless of level, should not be interpreted as evidence for the presence or absence of malignant disease and is not recommended for use as a screening procedure to detect the presence of cancer in the general population.

Reference Interval:  18 Years old and up 0.0 - 3.0 ng/mL
CPT Code(s): 82378
Last Changed: 10/19/2016 13:04:10
Last Reviewed: 10/20/2016 15:34:12