Beta-2 transferrin (for ?CSF-containing fluids)

Referred to Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Surrey GU16 7UJ

Alternative names, keywords

Beta 2 transferrin, tau transferrin, β 2-transferrin, asialotransferrin, rhinorrhoea fluid analysis.

Samples required

Sample of fluid in plain Universal container.

DO NOT use Vacuette® tube.

Please contact laboratory if urgent.

Test indications

Test used to detect presence of CSF in nasal or other fluid.

Not to be confused with CSF total Tau and A-beta 1-42 which are used in the investigation of dementias including Alzheimer's disease.

Reference range

See report.

Turnaround time

Referral lab quotes turnaround time of 5 days, however additional time must be allowed for packing, dispatch and delivery of sample, and return and processing of results.


Biochemistry (Referrals)