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Test Id : C8FX

C8 Complement, Functional, Serum

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnosis of C8 deficiency

 

Investigation of a patient with an undetectable total hemolytic complement level

Method Name
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Automated Liposome Lysis Assay

NY State Available
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Yes

Reporting Name
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C8 Complement, Functional, S

Aliases
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C8

C8 Complement

Eighth Component of Complement

Functional C8

Functional C8 Complement

Hemolytic C8

Hemolytic C8 Complement

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum Red

Ordering Guidance

The total complement assay (COM / Complement, Total, Serum) should be used as a screen for suspected complement deficiencies before ordering individual complement component assays. A deficiency of an individual component of the complement cascade will result in an undetectable total complement level.

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation: Fasting preferred

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Collection Container/Tube: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Immediately after specimen collection, place the tube on wet ice.

2. Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial.

3. Immediately freeze specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.5 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus OK

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Red Frozen (preferred) 14 days

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnosis of C8 deficiency

 

Investigation of a patient with an undetectable total hemolytic complement level

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Complement proteins are components of the innate immune system. There are 3 pathways to complement activation: 1) the classical pathway, 2) the alternative (or properdin) pathway, and 3) the lectin (mannan-binding lectin) pathway. The classical pathway of the complement system is composed of a series of proteins that are activated in response to the presence of immune complexes. A single IgM molecule or 2 IgG molecules are sufficient to trigger activation of the recognition complex initiated by C1q. The activation process triggers a cascade that includes an amplification loop. The amplification loop is mediated by C3, with cleavage of a series of proteins, and results in 3 main end products: 1) anaphylatoxins that promote inflammation (C3a, C5a), 2) opsonization peptides that are chemotactic for neutrophils (C3b) and facilitate phagocytosis, and 3) the membrane attack complex (MAC), which promotes cell lysis.

 

Patients with deficiencies of the late complement proteins (C5, C6, C7, C8, and C9) are unable to form the MAC, and may have increased susceptibility to neisserial infections.

 

C8 deficiency is relatively rare, over 50 cases have been described. The C8 protein is comprised of 3 subunits: alpha, beta, and gamma. However, variants leading to deficiency have not been reported in C8 gamma, and the majority are in the C8 beta subunit. C8 deficiency is characterized by recurrent neisserial infections, particularly meningitis. Autoimmune disease (systemic lupus erythematosus-like) has also been reported. Given the 3 subunits, it is possible to have a low-normal C8 concentration but a nonfunctional protein, therefore the recommendation for testing is the functional assay.

 

For most of the complement proteins, a small number of cases have been described in which the protein is present but is nonfunctional. These rare cases require a functional assay to detect the deficiency.

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

33-58 U/mL

Interpretation
Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Low levels of complement may be due to inherited deficiencies, acquired deficiencies, or due to complement consumption (eg, as a consequence of infectious or autoimmune processes).

 

Absent C8 levels in the presence of normal C3 and C4 values are consistent with a C8 deficiency. Absent C8 levels in the presence of low C3 and C4 values suggests complement consumption.

 

Normal results indicate both normal C8 protein levels and normal functional activity.

Cautions
Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Absent (or low) C8 functional levels in the presence of normal C8 antigen levels should be replicated with a new serum specimen to confirm that C8 inactivation did not occur during shipping.

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Sonntag J, Brandenburg U, Polzehl D, et al: Complement systems in healthy term newborns: reference values in umbilical cord blood. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 1998 Mar-Apr;1(2):131-135

2. Prellner K, Sjoholm AG, Truedsson L: Concentrations of C1q, factor B, factor D and properdin in healthy children, and the age-related presence of circulating C1r-C1s complexes. Acta Paediatr Scand. 1987 Nov;76(6):939-943

3. Davis ML, Austin C, Messmer BL, et al: IFCC-standardization pediatric reference intervals for 10 serum proteins using the Beckman Array 360 system. Clin Biochem. 1996 Oct;29(5):489-492

4.  Gaither TA, Frank MM: Complement. In: Henry JB, ed. Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods.  17th ed. WB Saunders Company; 1984:879-892

5. O'Neil KM: Complement deficiency. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2000 Oct;19:83-108

6. Frank MM: Complement deficiencies. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2000 Dec;47(6):1339-1354

7. Willrich MAV, Braun KMP, Moyer AM, Jeffrey DH, Frazer-Abel A. Complement testing in the clinical laboratory. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2021 Nov;58(7):447-478. doi: 10.1080/10408363.2021.1907297

Method Description
Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

C8 complement activity is measured by mixing patient serum with a C8-deficient serum. The lytic activity of the serum mixture is tested against sensitized, labeled liposomes. If lysis occurs, the patient serum must be the source of the C8. The target liposomes are a commercial reagent (WAKO total complement CH50), and the assay is performed on an Advia XPT.(Unpublished Mayo method)

PDF Report
Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information

No

Day(s) Performed
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Monday through Friday

Report Available
The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

Same day/1 to 3 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

14 days

Performing Laboratory Location
Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester

Fees
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Test Classification
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This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
Provides guidance in determining the appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code(s) information for each test or profile. The listed CPT codes reflect Mayo Clinic Laboratories interpretation of CPT coding requirements. It is the responsibility of each laboratory to determine correct CPT codes to use for billing.

CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.

86161

LOINC® Information

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
C8FX C8 Complement, Functional, S 50997-6
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Result LOINC Value Tooltip
C8FX C8 Complement, Functional, S 50997-6

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
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Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
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Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
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