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CARCINOEMBRYONIC ANTIGEN, BODY FLUID (FCE)

Department: Chemistry
Test Synonym(s): FCE, Pancreatic cyst fluid, CEA
CPT Codes: 82378
Methodology: Immunoenzymatic
Reference Range: Not established
Tube Type: Body fluid tube
Specimen: Body fluid
Alternate Specimen: None
Pediatric Requirements: 1 mL Body fluid
Volume: 2 mL Body fluid
Minimum Volume: 1 mL Body fluid
Temperature: Refrigerated
Stability: Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 6 months
Reasons for Rejection: Specimen too viscous
Days Performed: Daily
Times Performed: Continuous
TAT: 1 day
Significance: CEA measured in pancreatic cyst fluid may be helpful to differentiate benign from malignant cysts.
Special Instructions: This test requires approval from a medical director. The performance characteristics of the Beckman Coulter CEA assay have not been validated in body fluid. This test is FDA approved in serum, but not for use in body fluid.



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