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Neurone Specific Enolase (Sendaway Test)

Alternative Names:NSE
Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:SEL
Medicare rebatable:No
Specimen Types:Serum
Container Types:
SSTSST
Minimum/Paediatric Volume or Mass:0.5 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:Collect on Ice

CENTRIFUGE THE SPECIMEN WITHIN ONE HOUR OF COLLECTION AND FREEZE THE SERUM WITHIN 2 HOURS OF COLLECTION.

NB Please do NOT reject a specimen that is not collected on ice.
If a specimen is not centrifuged within 1 hour of collection or frozen within 2 hours - please do NOT ask for a recollection.

Transport Instructions:On Ice
Processing Instructions:

Send the frozen specimen and add an episode note stating which condition was not met - they will run the test and depending on the result, SEALS staff will arrange for a recollection if necessary.

Assay Frequency:Daily
External Laboratory:South Eastern Area Laboratory Services (SEALS)
  External Laboratory details...
External Transport Instructions:Send Frozen on Dry Ice