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Test Code ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

Specimen Type

Blood

Container/Tube

Lavender top, EDTA

Turnaround Time

4 hours

STAT Days and Times Performed

Not Available

Days and Times Performed

24/7

Method Name

Capillary Photometry Technology, Alifax 20PN

Preferred Volume

4 mL

Additional Information

CRP is better than ESR to monitor many inflammatory diseases.

Test Limitations

Specimen must be delivered within 4 hours. If sending from outside locations, please refrigerate the specimen until the courier arrives.

Rejection criteria: specimen too old (not refrigerated), clotted specimen, short draw, wrong specimen draw tube

Coverage Information

CMS has established a national coverage policy (NCD) for Medicare for this test as of November 25, 2002. Please document medical necessity. 

Fee Code

53214

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

CPT

85651

Reference Values

 

Age in Years

Male:

Female:

0-44 0-15 0-20
45-49 0-22 1-39
50-54 0-25 1-41
55-59 0-28 1-44
60-64 0-33 1-47
65-69 0-35 1-50
70-79 0-38 1-53