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Oligoclonal Bands CSF

About This Test

Department: Immunology

Requirement: For the detection of oligoclonal bands, paired serum and CSF samples are required. Blood must be taken at the same time as the lumbar puncture (LP), if not then within two to three weeks of the LP. Results cannot be relied upon beyond this time limit (half life of serum IgG is about 23 days).

Turnaround Time: 7 days

Intrathecal synthesis is present if more Oligoclonal bands are detected in CSF than in serum. This positive finding supports a diagnosis of Multiple sclerosis

Other Comments:

Not applicable