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ALBUMIN, CSF (087-0281)
Test Mnemonic:

ALB BF      

Specimen Requirements:

Routine lumbar punctures collected in a sterile, screw-capped plastic tube with a capacity of 5 ml to 7 ml.

Minimum Volume:

1 mL


Delivered to Sample Management within 2 hours of collection.

Specimen Preparation:


Centrifuge the specimen prior to analysis to remove possible cellular and bacterial contaminants.



Refrigerated for 3 days; Frozen for 6 months (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles).

Causes for Rejection:

Incomplete and/or incorrect sample identification, improper storage/transport.

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex).

Turnaround Time:

Monday - Sunday: 7am - 3:00pm




Special Chemistry;   

Monday - Sunday: 7am - 3:00pm


CPT 4 Code:



Director approval required for STAT requests.

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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