Oligoclonal Bands in CSF and Serum
0081135
Ordering Recommendation
Sensitive screening test for multiple sclerosis. Preferred test is Oligoclonal Band Profile (0080440).
Mnemonic
OLIGOB
Methodology
Qualitative Isoelectric Focusing/Electrophoresis
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-3 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
CSF AND serum separator tube or plain red. Serum specimen should be drawn within 48 hours of CSF collection.  
Specimen Preparation
Allow serum to clot completely at room temperature. Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transport 1.5 mL CSF (Min: 0.7 mL) AND transfer 1 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube (Min: 0.5 mL).  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
  
Remarks
  
Stability
Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 year  
Reference Interval
Effective August 6, 2012
 
Test Number Components Reference Interval
0081139 Oligoclonal Bands, CSF Negative
2005461 Oligoclonal Bands Number, CSF 0 -​ 1 Bands
 Interpretation By report
Interpretive Data
 
Note
Specimens must be assayed together for interpretation.
This test reports only the number of oligoclonal bands.  A patient is considered positive for CSF oligoclonal bands if there are two or more bands in the CSF immunoglobulin region that are not present in the serum. In order to confirm local production of oligoclonal IgG in CSF, a matched serum sample is required. Oligoclonal bands present in CSF, but not in serum, indicate central nervous system production. Oligoclonal bands are performed using isoelectric focusing and immunofixation.
CPT Code(s)
83916
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0081139Oligoclonal Bands, CSF48668-8
2005461Oligoclonal Bands Number, CSF49852-7
2005464Oligoclonal Bands Interpretation49293-4
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Aliases
  • CSF oligoclonal bands
  • Oligoclonal Bands Only
  • Oligoclonal IgG, CSF
  • Oliogoclonal bands, CSF