Neurone specific enolase - serum

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Item Process
Specimen

5 mL blood in a plain tube.

Method

Immunoassay.

Reference Interval

<12 µg/L.

Application

Monitoring progress of neural crest tumours including small cell carcinoma of lung.

Interpretation

The test does not have 100% sensitivity for diagnostic purposes.

If the level is increased prior to surgery or other therapy it can be used to monitor the response to therapy.

Reference

Labdenne P and Heikinheimo M. Ann Med 2002; 34(5):316-323.