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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.

DepartmentBiochemistry
SampleBlood
TubeSerum Gel
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsNo restrictions
Min. Vol0.5 mL
Freq.Weekdays

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. Review due on 23/05/2017 07:59:07. Published By Sylvia McLellan on 23/05/2016 07:59:07.