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Protein C

Alternate names:
PC
Laboratory:
Coagulation
Test Code:
PROTCC
Specimen types:
Plasma
Container types:
Sodium CitrateSodium Citrate
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Fill to label marker and mix by inversion.

Do not use 1 mL citrate tubes.

2 x 3.5 ml citrate tubes sufficient for Protein C, Protein S and Antithrombin 3.

Notes:

Results not valid if patient receiving warfarin therapy or with acute thrombotic event.

Warfarin falsely lowers Protein C levels.

Fill to label marker and mix by inversion.

Do not use 1 mL citrate tubes.

2 x 3.5 ml citrate sufficient for Protein C, Protein S and Antithrombin 3.

Frequency:
Weekly
Result Turnaround Time:
2 weeks
Reference Interval:
   
Protein C (Functional) 70 - 148%
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

Specimens for Protein C assays kept at room temperature, should be centrifuged and tested within 4 hours of time of collection. 

If testing is not complete within 4 hours, plasma should be removed from the cells (2 X 1 mL Eppendorf tubes) and frozen at -20 C for up to 2 weeks or -70 C for up to 6 months. 

A frost-free freezer should not be used.