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ID:53 CEA
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DescriptionCarcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is not useful diagnostically. Used mainly for the follow-up of colorectal cancer.
IndicationLimited value in diagnosis of cancer (lacks specificity). Role in monitoring therapy or recurrent disease. Used for colorectal, breast, bronchial and ovarian Ca.
Additional Info PLEASE NOTE: TEST CAN ONLY BE ADDED TO A SAMPLE WITHIN 8 HOURS OF COLLECTION
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationCEA >10 ug/L - probable malignancy. CEA >20 ug/L stage 3 or greater likely. NOTE that normal levels of CEA do not exclude malignancy. Reference range is higher in smokers.

Ref. Range (Male)<8 ug/L
Ref. Range (Female) <8 ug/L
Ref. Range (Paed) na
Ref. Range Notes<2.5 ug/L non smokers. <8 ug/L smokers.
Unitsug/L


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Turnround CommentMinimum re-test interval = 14 days
Originally edited by : JHB. Last edited on 23/05/2017 07:59:07. Published By Sylvia McLellan on 23/05/2016 07:59:07.