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Procalcitonin

Centralized Core Laboratory : Chemistry

Test ID/Workstation :
PCAL ACHM4
Specimen Type:
Blood
Tube Type:
Red top ( no anticoagulant) tube
Collection Volume:
1.0 mL (minimum 0..5 mL)
Storage:
Refrigerated
Availability:
Daily, 24 hours, STAT
Methodology:
Enzyme - Linked Fluorescent Assay
Special Instructions:
Specimens >48 hours old must be frozen
Lab/Phone:
330-543-8418
Additional Info:
    TAT: 4 hours
    Reference range: <.10 ng/mL
    < 0.50 ng/mL = low risk of severe sepsis and/or septic shock (do not exclude infection, as infections or systemic infections in early stages (<6hrs) can be associated with low concentrations.)
    0.50 -2.00 ng/mL = interpret in the clinical context of the patient, as a variety of conditions such as burns, trauma, surgery and severe cardiogenic shock can cause procalcitonin elevations.
    >2.00 ng/mL = elevated risk of sever sepsis and/or septic shock.
CPT Code:
84145