Carcinoembryonic Antigen, Grand Itasca

Sunquest Code:GHCEA  
Epic Code:LAB7046Epic Name:Carcinoembryonic Agn GH
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel) (Red (no gel))
Causes for Rejection:Serum not separated from cells within 8 hours after collection. Gross hemolysis.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.6 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator or freeze.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Alternatively, ship on dry ice.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Grand Itasca GICH)


Reference Range:Less than 3.0 ng/mL
Use:Monitoring of patients with carcinoma of the colon, pancreas and breast neoplasm. At least two progressive elevations of CEA at one month intervals may herald tumor recurrence 3-36 months before clinical evidence of metastasis. A shallow rise may signal local recurrence, while a large rise in values may indicate hepatic metastasis. CEA levels are increased in smokers.

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