Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Serum Viscosity

Test Name: Serum Viscosity
Alternate Name(s): Relative viscosity, Serum
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: 6 mL Red top Vacutainer tube
Collection Information: Sample must not be drawn into a tube which contains a serum separator.

Keep sample at room temperature.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: Monday-Friday
0800-1600
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
24 hours
Stat
N/A
 
Reference Range: 1.4-2.0
Effective Date: 2006-06-01
Revised Date: 2019-05-17
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Multiple myeloma and Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia are conditions with an increased viscosity due to the proteins produced in those conditions.
Special Processing: After hours spin and aliquot sample and place aliquot in the fridge in Core Lab walk-in fridge(VH).
Comments:  
Method of Analysis: The time required for a constant volume of fluid to flow through a thoma pipette is compared to the flow rate of water.
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Ship sample at room temperature.

Samples are to be shipped within 4 hours of collection.

Samples must be received for testing within 12 hours of collection.
System Codes: 
Cerner
VISC
 
Referred To:  

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