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Test ID SVISC Viscosity, Serum

Specimen Required

Collection Container/Tube: Red top (serum gel/SST are not acceptable)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Keep specimen at 37° C (eg, 37° C Thermopak, heat block) until after centrifugation.

2. Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial.

Useful For

Detection of increased viscosity


Monitoring patients with hyperviscosity syndrome


This test is not useful for patients with small concentrations of monoclonal proteins.

Method Name

Capillary Measurement

Reporting Name

Viscosity, S

Specimen Type

Serum Red

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.75 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Red Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Frozen  28 days
  Ambient  14 days

Reference Values

≤1.5 centipoises

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Report Available

2 to 4 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test has been modified from the manufacturer's instructions. Its performance characteristics were 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


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
SVISC Viscosity, S 3128-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
SVISC Viscosity, S 3128-6


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Benign Hematology Test Request Form (T755)

-Hematopathology/Cytogenetics Test Request (T726)