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Neutrophil function

Category Immunology
Test background

Neutrophils are an important component of the innate immune system and they are among the first cells to arrive at sites of injury. They play an important role in killing and removal of bacteria and fungi. This panel of tests is designed to assess neutrophil killing and phagocytosis. Tests offered as part of this panel are the neutrophil burst (NBT) and an assay evaluating neutrophil phagocytosis.

Clinical Indications

Recurrent infections.

Reference range

See report

Sample & container required 10-20 mL heparin (green top) for adults; 5-10 mL heparin (green top) for children; Do not separate or refrigerate; Test within 24 hours
Sample volume See above
Turnaround time 7 days

Test must be pre-arranged with Charing Cross Laboratory on ext. 10130. Not performed for HIV positive patients.

Samples must be accompanied with blood from a normal healthy control. Samples must be <24 hours old on receipt and can only be accepted Monday to Thursday. Please contact the lab to arrange.

The lab is awaiting UKAS accreditation for these tests due to a change in the assay supplier.