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Oligoclonal Bands

Referred Test
Specimen types:
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Container types:
Plain Tube with gel
Plain Tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

0.10 mL clear cerebrospinal fluid and a plain blood specimen (serum) collected at the same time


In several diseases of the central nervous system there are quantitative and qualitative alterations in immunoglobulins. A relative increase in IgG in CSF, compared with serum, and the existence of oligoclonal bands in CSF, not present in serum at that time, provide strong evidence for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

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External Laboratory:
Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
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