Interleukin 6 (IL6) Blood Test

IL6


Test Code: 140916
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Interleukin 6 (IL6) Blood Test

This test measures the level of Interleukin 6 (IL6) in the blood.  Interleukin 6 is a cytokine, a protein that plays a role in the body's immune response.    Normally IL6 levels are low or undetectable.  They may be elevated due to autoimmune disorders, inflammation, infection, some types of cancer, or heart disease.  While increased levels of IL6 can indicate that a person has an inflammatory condition, it cannot identify the source of the inflammation.  Additional testing will typically be necessary before a diagnosis can be made.    

An IL6 test is sometimes ordered along with a C-Reactive Protein test when a person has symptoms of an infection or other condition which causes inflammation.  IL6 may also be ordered as a followup to elevated results on a CRP test.   Measuring IL6 levels can also be helpful in monitoring conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lupus, sepsis, or stroke.

Turnaround for this test is typically 5-8 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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Interleukin 6 (IL6) Blood Test

IL6


Test Code: 34473
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Interleukin 6 (IL6) Blood Test

This test measures the level of Interleukin 6 (IL6) in the blood.  Interleukin 6 is a cytokine, a protein that plays a role in the body's immune response.    Normally IL6 levels are low or undetectable.  They may be elevated due to autoimmune disorders, inflammation, infection, some types of cancer, or heart disease.  While increased levels of IL6 can indicate that a person has an inflammatory condition, it cannot identify the source of the inflammation.  Additional testing will typically be necessary before a diagnosis can be made.    

An IL6 test is sometimes ordered along with a C-Reactive Protein test when a person has symptoms of an infection or other condition which causes inflammation.  IL6 may also be ordered as a followup to elevated results on a CRP test.   Measuring IL6 levels can also be helpful in monitoring conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lupus, sepsis, or stroke.

This test is run only one day per week and can typically take 5-15 business days to get results.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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