Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

Cleveland HeartLab R, Test

NEW YORK DOH APPROVED: YES
CPT Code: 86431
Order Code: C1348
ABN Requirement: No
Synonyms: RF; Rheumatoid Arthritis; RA Factor
Specimen: Serum
Volume:  1.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.5 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST, Tiger Top)

Collection:

  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

Transport:   Store serum at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions provided with the Cleveland HeartLab shipping box.

Stability:

Ambient (15-25°C): 5 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C): 30 days
Deep Frozen (-70°C): 30 days

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits

Methodology: Immunoturbidimetry

Turn Around Time: 4 days

Reference Range:

Age IU/mL
All Ages <14

Intended Use: Elevated RF is found in collagen vascular diseases such as SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, and in other conditions such as leprosy, tuberculosis, syphilis, malignancy, thyroid disease, and in a significant percentage of otherwise normal elderly patients.

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