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Quick Question: Specimen Integrity

In follow-up to a December 1, 2018 post, Reference Lab Specimen Integrity, our December, 2018 Quick Question asks, “How do you manage a plasma that appears to have fibrin strands?” In case no answer matches your protocol, please provide a response below.

Here is a response from Robyn Coleman: We would reject any sample for testing that showed fibrin strands in a citrate tube , though I acknowledge the practical experience as well, you can often get results from these samples that seem reasonable. We would recollect to get  results we could safely report but the results from the “bad” sample may influence how urgently you may do that.

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