Overview of PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST
Protein C Antigen Test measures the amount of Protein C Antigen in the plasma. Protein C test Antigen Test is done to verify and characterize Protein C deficiency. Protein C is a protein which helps blood clot normally.
What is PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST?
Protein C Antigen Test is helpful in monitoring decreased concentration of Protein C in the blood. Protein C Antigen Test is done to differentiate between Type I Protein C deficiency (congenital) and Type II Protein C deficiency.
Why is PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST suggested?
Protein C antigen test is suggested for the following reasons:
- Profiling of Protein C deficiency, Type I and Type II.
- Diagnosis of Thrombophilia.
- Diagnosis of Vitamin K deficiency.
How is PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST performed?
Protein C Antigen Test is performed as follows:
- Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the forearm.
- Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) performed.
The result of the Protein C Antigen Test is received within 24-48 hours.
What are the parameters measured in PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST?
The parameter measured in Protein C Antigen Test is the amount of Protein C antigen in the blood. If the value of Protein C antigen is less than 70% to 75% it could indicate the occurrence of Protein C deficiency.
Preparation before performing PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST
Preparation before performing a Protein C Antigen Test involves:
- Wait ten days after the thrombotic episode.
- Do not consume oral warfarin or other blood thinners two-three weeks before the test.
- Do not consume birth control pills.
Post-care after PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST
Post-care not required after performing the Protein C Antigen Test.
Sample types in PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST
Sample type in Protein C Antigen Test are:
Side effects/risks of PROTEIN C ANTIGEN TEST
There are no major side effects associated with Protein C Antigen Test, one might experience slight pain at the location of blood withdrawal but that will go away quickly.