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Order Code CH225
Turnaround Time 24 hours
Test Includes


Specimen Requirements
Specimen Source
Serum, Plasma
Transport Container
(Specimen Container)

SST (Tiger Top) Lithium Heparin/ Sodium Heparin

Preferred Specimens
Minimum Volume (uL)
.5 mL
Collection Instructions
(Transport Temperature)
Transport Refrigerated (cold packs)
Specimen Stability
Temperature Period
Room temperature 15 days
Refrigerated 2 months
Frozen > 1 year
Test Details
Clinical Significance

C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase protein whose concentration rises non-specifically in response to inflammation. CRP is seen to increase as a result of the inflammatory process, most notably in response to pneumococcal (bacterial) infection, histolytic disease, and a variety of other disease states. Intraindividual variation is a major limitation of the assay when the assay is used for directing therapies. Intraindividual variations of the CRP levels are from 30% to 60%. Serial measurement may be required to estimate true mean of CRP depending on the intended use in any specific individual. CRP is used as a marker or general diagnostic indicator of infections and inflammation, in addition to serving as a monitor of patient response to pharmacological therapy and surgery.

Reference Ranges

<6.2 mg/dL (0 Days - 15 Days) <1.1 mg/dL (15 Days - 15 Years) <1.8 mg/dL (15 Years - 19 Years) <1.1 mg/dL (19 Years - No Max Age Limit)