Protein C Activity


Abbrev Code:PCCH   
Order Code:LAB489Order Name:Protein C Chromogenic
Synonyms:Protein C Chromogenic
Methodology:Chromogenic (synthetic substrate) activity assay
CPT Codes: 85303 x1, 85303 x1
Turnaround Time:Turnaround time is 4 days, testing performed 2 days per week. With pre-notification, STATs are done within 1 hour after receipt in the testing laboratory.
Associated Links:

Specimen Collection and Processing for Coagulation Specimens



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:2.7 mL (in 3 mL tube) - filled to fill line on the tube.
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.8 mL (in 2 mL tube) - filled to fill line on the tube.
Container:Blue Na Citrate, 3.2% - fill to fill line on tube
Collection Instructions:See link to Specimen Collection and Processing for Coagulation Specimens.
Causes for Rejection:Underfilled tubes, overfilled tubes, clotted specimens, not received or processed and frozen within 4 hours of collection or, specimen thawed during transit.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:
  • Process for Platelet Poor Plasma within 4 hours of collection.
  • Aliquot plasma, place clear tape around label, and freeze at -20C or on dry ice within 4 hours of collection.
  • If multiple tests are collected on 1 blue top, split each blue top into 2 aliquots. Minimum 0.5 mL per tube.
  • A maximum of 6 aliquots are needed per collection.
     
See link to Specimen Collection and Processing for Coagulation Specimens.
Shipping Instructions:
  • Ensure specimen is frozen before shipping.
  • Ship on dry ice, sample must remain frozen during shipping.
     
See link to Specimen Collection and Processing for Coagulation Specimens.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab UM Special Coag (K)  (UMMC East Bank)


Interpretive

Critical Range:

Less than 20% (for 5 days and older).

 

 

Reference Range:

 

Protein C Chromogenic

Newborn

14-42%

1 - 4 d

26-44%

5 - 29 d

31-53%

30 – 89 d

32-54%

90-179 d

41-67%

180 – 364 d

48-70%

1 – 5 y

40-92%

6 – 10 y

45-93%

11 – 16 y

55-111%

17 y and older

70-170%

 

 

Use:Protein C, along with its cofactor Protein S, acts as a potent anticoagulant by destroying activated Factors 5 and 8. It is Vitamin K dependent, therefore it is decreased in warfarin therapy or Vitamin K deficiency. Protein C deficiency is a risk factor for thromboembolism. Severe deficiency may cause purpura fulminans in neonates. It is best not to test for Protein C deficiency during an acute thrombotic event. The Protein C Chromogenic (activity) assay determines amount of functional Protein C.


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