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IHC - CD68

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a critical laboratory method employed to visualize specific proteins, known as antigens, within cells of a tissue section. The CD68 test is a type of IHC test that detects the CD68 antigen, which is a protein commonly found on the surface of macrophages, a type of white blood cell involved in inflammation and immune responses.

By identifying and quantifying CD68 in tissue samples, researchers and clinicians can gain valuable insights into the role of macrophages in various conditions, including inflammatory diseases, infections, and certain types of cancers.

  • Test NameIHC - CD68
  • Sample TypeTissue
  • Preparations RequiredNo specific preparation is needed for this test.
  • Report Time3 days

What is the IHC - CD68 test used for?

The IHC - CD68 test is used mainly for research purposes or to assist in the diagnosis of certain health conditions. This can include inflammatory diseases or certain types of cancer where cells may express CD68.

Is fasting required before this test?

No, there is no need to fast before the IHC - CD68 test.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This test requires a tissue sample. The method of obtaining this sample can vary depending on your specific situation.

In the IHC - CD68 test, a tissue sample is fixed, sectioned, and incubated with an antibody that binds to the CD68 antigen. The bound antibody is then visualized under a microscope.

Any discomfort associated with the IHC - CD68 test typically stems from the procedure used to collect the tissue sample. Depending on the specific situation, this could involve a surgical procedure or a less invasive method, with the level of discomfort varying accordingly.

Your doctor may order an IHC - CD68 test if they suspect a condition that may involve macrophages or to gain more information about a certain type of cancer.

Abnormal results may indicate that a higher or lower than expected number of cells in your tissue sample are expressing CD68. This could suggest a potential health condition that requires further investigation.

No specific preparation is required before the IHC - CD68 test.

The primary risks associated with the IHC - CD68 test are those related to the procedure used to collect the tissue sample. These can include potential complications such as infection , bleeding, or pain at the site of the procedure.

Your healthcare provider will receive the results from the lab and discuss them with you.

The IHC - CD68 test may be conducted alongside other diagnostic tests, including additional IHC tests, blood tests, or imaging studies, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of your health.

While the IHC - CD68 test can provide valuable information about certain types of cancer, it should be used as part of a larger diagnostic process and not as a standalone test for cancer.

A high or low level of CD68 does not confirm a specific disease but can suggest a potential health condition that needs further investigation.

Several factors can affect the results of the test, including the quality of the tissue sample, the staining process, and individual variations in protein expression.

If your test result is abnormal, you may need to consult with a hematologist, an oncologist, or another specialist, depending on the nature of your results and your overall health.

Gaining a deeper understanding of the cellular components of a tissue sample is a key aspect of diagnosing and monitoring various health conditions. The IHC - CD68 test offers vital insights into the presence and number of cells expressing CD68, providing a useful tool in the medical toolkit. As with any test, the results should be interpreted in the context of your overall health and other test results.

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