Ordering Recommendation

May assist in ruling out a complement deficiency.

Mnemonic

C3

Methodology

Quantitative Immunoturbidimetry

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Within 24 hours

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation
Collect

Serum separator tube, Plasma separator tube, Green (Lithium heparin)

Specimen Preparation

Allow specimen to clot at room temperature. Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 0.5 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube and freeze. (Min: 0.3 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens left to clot at refrigerated temperature. Specimens exposed to repeated freeze/thaw cycles.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 4 days; Refrigerated: 8 days; Frozen: 2 weeks

Reference Interval

Test Number
Components
Reference Interval
  Complement Component 3
Age Reference Interval (mg/dL)
0-30 days 59-121
1 month 55-129
2 months 61-155
3 months 67-136
4 months 65-182
5 months 67-174
6 months 77-179
7-8 months 78-173
9-11 months 76-187
1 year 87-181
2 year 84-177
3-4 years 80-178
5-11 years 80-160
12-17 years 82-163
18 years and older 90-180

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

FDA

Note

Hotline History

N/A

CPT Codes

86160

Components

Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050150 Complement Component 3 4485-9
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Aliases

  • 3rd Component of Complement
  • C3
  • C3 COMP, Complement C3, Serum
  • Serum C3
Complement Component 3