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Cold Agglutinins

Referred Test
Test Code:
Specimen types:
Container types:
Serum No Gel & EDTASerum No Gel & EDTA
Collection Instructions:

Pre heated 4 mL EDTA tube and 10 mL plain tube. Tubes,needles and syringes must be pre-warmed at 37oC and specimen placed into a thermos flask ( obtained from the laboratory) and transported to the laboratory immediately. Cold specimens may give erroneous results.


Investigation of cold agglutinin specificity, thermal range and titre by consultation with Haematologist

Tubes warmed to 37oC are available from the Core laboratory

As required
Reference Interval:

Report will indicate whether cold agglutinins are present

Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

Specimen must be centrifuged and separated immediately upon receipt (tubes must NOT be allowed to cool to RT prior to separation)

Transport Instructions:

Once plasma is separated, transportation and storage can be at 4 degrees.

External Laboratory:
Austin Pathology
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