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Erythropoietin (Sendaway Test)

Alternative Names:EPO
Laboratory:Haematology
Test Code:MON
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Specimen Types:Serum
Container Types:
SSTSST
Adults Volume or Mass:6 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:

EDTA blood is NOT suitable.

Useful in differentiating primary from secondary polycythaemia.

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature
Processing Instructions:Centrifuge immediately
Aliquot
Store at -20'C

If the sample is not collected at Northern Hospital Epping [i.e. collected at other collection sites (Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre and Craigieburn Centre)], the primary SST tube shall be centrifuged, serum aliquoted and the serum kept cool with ice blocks at all times. When the serum specimen arrives at the laboratory, the specimen shall be frozen at -20 degees Celsius.

External Laboratory:Monash Pathology
  External Laboratory details...
External Transport Instructions:Send Frozen on Dry Ice