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Cryoglobulin, Qualitative, Serum

Test ID: 


CPT code:



Cryoglobulin, Qualitative With Quantitative Reflex

Clinical Use:

Cryoglobulins may be present in macroglobulinemia of Waldenström, myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, lupus, chronic active hepatitis, and other viral infections.

Test Information:

These are proteins that precipitate from blood at low temperatures. A precipitate from serum that forms overnight at 4°C and dissolves at 37°C is called a cryoglobulin.
Cryoglobulins may be divided into three classes. Type I are monoclonal immunoglobulins and are usually associated with lymphoproliferative disorders. Type II are mixtures of a monoclonal IgM and polyclonal IgG, and are associated with macroglobulinemia and chronic active hepatitis. Type III are mixtures of polyclonal IgM and polyclonal IgG. These are found in a wide variety of disorders.
A high percentage of patients with cryoglobulinemia have clinical symptoms, and of these the most common are vascular (ie, purpura and digital necrosis). Raynaud phenomenon is also common.
Patients with SLE who are rheumatoid factor-negative but cryoglobulin-positive are more likely to develop renal disease than those who are rheumatoid factor-positive and cryoglobulin-negative.

Specimen Type:

Serum, prewarmed

Requested Volume: 

3 mL

Minimum Volume: 

2 mL

Container Type: 

Red-top tube (no gel)

Patient Preparation: 

Patient should be fasting.


Specimen must be drawn in a prewarmed tube and kept at 37°C while clotting. Separate serum from cells immediately after clot formation (keep at 37°C while clotting), and transfer serum into a clean transport tube. Label transport tube “Prewarmed.”

Storage Instructions:

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Specimen not allowed to clot at 37°C; patient not fasting; lipemia; gel-barrier tube used for collection; whole blood received

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