Elmi Laboratories

Carbohydrate Antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3) blood test

Normal Reference Range

0 – 37 U/mL

Test Information

Most patients with advanced pancreatic cancer have elevated CA 19-9 levels, but it can also occur in other cancers and illnesses, including bowel, lung, and gall bladder malignancies, as well as benign ailments such pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, gallstones, and liver disease.

Clinical Indications

CA-199 has limited diagnostic value because to its lack of specificity. It can be used as a prognostic indication in cases of gastro-intestinal cancer that has already spread and for monitoring therapy effectiveness and relapse.

Sample Required

5mL serum sample blood tube is required for CA 19-9 blood test

Min. sample volume

1.0mL

Special Instructions and Precautions

Not applicable

Time Limits For Retrospective Testing

5 days

Any factors affecting the test

Not applicable

Turnaround Time

6 hrs

Referral centre (if applicable)

Details of referral laboratory available on request

Test Code

C199

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