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RHEUMATOID FACTOR, BODY FLUIDS

Mnemonic

BF RF FAC

Synonym

BF RF

Guidelines

For a list of acceptable body fluids for this test, refer to Chemistry Testing Performed on Cerebral Spinal Fluid and Other Body Fluids

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Body fluid, one sterile container. Do not use tubes with anti-coagulant. Indicate source of body fluid on the collection container and test request form. If more than one tube is collected, each tube should be labeled with a number indicating the sequence in which it was collected.

Handling

If cellular material is present, centrifuge specimen and remove supernatant within four hours of collection.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.25 mL

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Gastric fluids, fluids collected with anti-coagulant, fluids from sources outside the body, and hemolyzed specimens will not be accepted.

Stability

Ambient (18-26°C): 24 hours, Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days, Frozen (≤ -20°C): 1 month

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Immunoturbidimetric

Reference Values

Reference Values

Not established

CPT Codes

86431

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:41:47 AM


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