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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Oligoclonal Banding, CSF (Albumin/IgG CSF)

Test Name

Oligoclonal Banding, CSF (Albumin/IgG CSF)

CSF Tube Urine sample Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = Sterile, screw-capped transport tube or CSF tube.

Preferred volume to collect: 1.0 mL CSF

Minimum volume to collect: 0.5 mL CSF

Neonate volume to collect: 0.5 mL CSF

Tube 1: Cell count
Tube 2: Glucose and protein, Oligoclonal Banding
Tube 3: Gram stain and culture (C+S) or Virology
Tube 4: Cell count/Flow Cytometry/cytology.

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Label container and requisition with patient information and specimen source. Specify which tube number to run test on sample container. Please Note: Serum is also required to perform this test. Serum must be available in the laboratory within 3 days of CSF collection.

Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label.

Laboratory Staff Instructions: Enter date and time collection in the LIS. Specify sample number in order comment.

Stability: Stable for 1 day at 15-25°C, at least 7 days at 2-8°C and for 6 months at -20°C or lower temperature

Transportation: Send to lab immediately for specimen processing. Do not send via the pneumatic tube system.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

1 day

Test Utilization

Reference Value

CSF IgG < 0.060 g/L

Albumin index < 0.9 (all ages)

IgG index < 70

IgG/Albumin < 0.250

Test Code



Isoelectric Focusing (IEF) & Immunofixation

Testing Location


Other Information

Last Updated: April 27, 2020