Test Name: CD79b

Methodology: Flow Cytometry

Test Description

Staining for CD79b detects normal B-cells at all stages of maturation associated with expression of surface immunoglobulin. Staining for this antigen is used in panels of antibodies used to characterize B-cell neoplasms, as it is often lost as a part of the aberrant B-cell phenotypes seen in this context (e.g. it is often negative in classic CLL/SLL).

Specimen Requirements

Testing for this antigen is typically performed as a part of the B-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

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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.