Test Name: CD138
Methodology: Flow Cytometry
Staining for CD138 highlights precursor B-cells (hematogones) and mature plasma cells. It is also typically expressed in plasma cell neoplasms (MGUS, myeloma).
Testing for this antigen is typically performed as a part of the plasma cell neoplasm add-on panel. For customized testing panels including this antigen, please contact the Medical Director of the Flow Cytometry laboratory.
Storage and Transport
Maintain specimen at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Use cold pack for transport, making sure cold pack is not in direct contact with specimen.
Specimen Rejection Criteria
Turn Around Time (TAT): 24 hours
CPT Codes*: 88184, 88185, 88187, 88188, 88189
*The CPT codes provided with our Test Descriptions are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. Correct CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed.