Ordering Recommendation

Primarily used for research and to support attempts to understand the pathogenesis of immune, infectious, allergic, or inflammatory disorders.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Green (lithium heparin).

Specimen Preparation

Separate plasma from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.4 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

CRITICAL FROZEN. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered. Ship in an ARUP Standard Transport Tube.

Unacceptable Conditions

Refrigerated specimens. Contaminated or heat-inactivated specimens.


After separation from cells: Ambient: 30 minutes; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 1 year


Quantitative Multiplex Bead Assay




1-4 days

Reference Interval

Test Number
Reference Interval
  Interleukin 2 Receptor, Soluble, Plasma 266.5-1410.4 pg/mL
  Interleukin 12, Plasma 4.7 pg/mL or less
  Interferon gamma, Plasma 10.4 pg/mL or less
  Interleukin 2, Plasma 2.1 pg/mL or less

Interpretive Data

Results are used to understand the pathophysiology of immune, infectious, or inflammatory disorders, or may be used for research purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Cytokine levels may demonstrate diurnal variation. For longitudinal comparison, it is recommended that cytokine levels be determined at the same time of day.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

83520 x4


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3002602 Interleukin 2 Receptor, Soluble, Plasma 76039-7
3002603 Interleukin 12, Plasma 41760-0
3002604 Interferon gamma, Plasma 27415-9
3002613 Interleukin 2, Plasma 33939-0
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  • cytokine
  • cytokines
Cytokine Panel, TH1, Plasma