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Oligoclonal Bands - CSF

Ordering Information

This test is performed on CSF, but requires a serum specimen to be collected at the same time (see Oligoclonal Bands - Serum).

A serum sample MUST be collected along with the CSF to enable comparison. 

Laboratory
Biochemistry
Specimen
CSF
Container
Sterile CSF tube
Collection Instruction
Collect at room temperature
Additional Collection Instructions

1. Collect CSF in sterile CSF tube (CSF samples should be sent to the laboratory immediately. Ensure all caps are screwed on correctly to avoid leakage).

2. Collect 1 x SERUM gold cap/red cap with yellow insert OR 1 x PLAIN red top

Minimum Adult Volume
1mL
Minimum Paediatric Volume
None
Notes

Oligoclonal bands are not present in normal CSF.

Frequency
Weekly
Reference Interval

CSF Total protein:  < 0.45 g/L

Test Code
OLIGO
Container ID
CSF4, CB, CSF1, CBS, CSF2, CSF3
Storage Instructions
Store at 4°C
Transport Instructions
Transport at 4°C
Additional Transport Instruction

Instructions for: Regional Specimen Reception

  • Forward sample to Heidelberg Laboratory.
Laboratory Notes

Instructions for: Heidelberg Specimen Reception

  • Deliver sample to Complex Chemistry. 
  • If only a CSF specimen is received, please forward the request to Complex Chemistry to organise a serum collection.
  • Test Codes: OLIGO (CSF); SOLBA (Serum)

Instructions for: All Laboratories

CSF samples should be handled urgently. 

Where there are multiple tubes from a lumbar puncture: 

  • Tube 3 is for Microbiology and 1, 2 for Biochemistry, Cytology, etc. (If tube 3 is not available for Microbiology, send tube 2) 
  • If tap is traumatic (blood-stained), 1 and 3 go to Microbiology for cell counts. 

 If insufficient tubes are received for the tests requested, please contact the Medical Microbiologist or Registrar (03 9496 5964)