Natural Killer Cell Function - Draw sample after 10 am


Sunquest Code:NKC  
Epic Code:LAB6079Epic Name:Natural Killer Cell Function
Synonyms:NK Cells; Natural Killer Cells
Methodology:Chromium release
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Thur by 1500. Results are reported in 3 days.
Special Instructions:A completed requisition form must accompany each sample. See Associated Links.

Samples must be received at testing site within 24 hours of collection.

Order On Time Delivery courier to deliver directly to East Bank Sendouts Lab. Call Sendouts at 612-273-3711 to notify.

CSC and West only: Send in red STAT bag by HealthEx courier. Call Sendouts at 612-273-3711 to notify.
Associated Links:

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Requisition Form, Customized Volumes by ALC



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Container:Green (sodium heparin, no gel)
Collection Instructions:Specimens must be collected after 10:00 am and received in East Bank Core Lab by 1400 Monday through Thursday. Do not collect before a holiday.

This assay is based on the number of lymphocytes rather than the amount of peripheral blood collected. The chart below indicates the specimen volume needed based on the patient's absolute lymphocyte count (ALC). For further information, See Customized Volume by ALC under Associated Links.

ALC

(K/mcL)

ALC

(cells/mcL)

ML of Sodium Heparin blood needed

>100

>1000

5.0

1.00

1000

5.0

0.90

900

5.5

0.80

800

6.0

0.70

700

6.5

0.60

600

7.5

0.50

500

9.0

0.40

400

11.0

0.30

300

15.0

0.20

200

25.0

0.10

100

45.0

<0.10

<100

50.0

 

  • For counts below 200 cells/mcL, consider waiting until count increases.
  • For counts above 1000 cell, mcL, draw 5 mL for each test. We do not recommend drawing less than 5 mL.
   
Causes for Rejection:Frozen, clotted, hemolyzed or centrifuged specimens. Specimens collected in anticoagulants other than sodium heparin Specimens received greater than 24 hours after collection.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Whole blood - do not process.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Protect from temperature extremes. Must arrive at testing site within 24 hours of collection and before 11:00 am on Fridays. Call CBDI DIL at 513-636-4685 with courier and sample tracking number.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)
Referral Lab number:2900800


Interpretive

Reference Range:By report.
Use:Natural Killer (NK) cells, a component of the cell-mediated arm of the immune system, mediate destruction of some types of tumor cells and virus-infected cells. Decreased NK cytotoxicity is associated with impaired immune surveillance, and may explain a predisposition to malignancy and viral infections. Increased NK cytotoxicity has been observed in women with a history of spontaneous abortions.


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