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Immunoglobulin M (IgM)

CPT Code: 82784
Order Code: 545
ABN Requirement: No
Synonyms: IgM
Specimen: Serum
Volume:  1.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.5 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST, Tiger Top)

Collection:

Serum:

  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
  3. Let tube stand in a vertical position to allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

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

Stability:

Ambient (15-25°C): 3 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
7 days
Frozen (-20°C):
90 days

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

Methodology: Immunoturbidimetric

Turn Around Time: 2 to 3 days

Reference Range:

Clinical Significance: Increased IgM is associated with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, infectious mononucleosis, viral infections, nephrotic syndrome, and estrogen therapy; decreased IgM is found in selective IgM deficiency, Bruton’s Disease, and acquired immune deficiency.

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