Local code : OLIGO

Preferred Sample Type

CSF Isoelectric focusing for oligoclonal bands

Suitable Specimen Types

  • Serum
  • CSF

Sample Processing in Laboratory


Sample Preparation

It is essential that a serum sample is provided at the same time that the CSF is taken to allow correct interpretation of results

Turnaround Time

Up to 10 days

Sample Stability

Store at 4oC

CSF Isoelectric focusing for oligoclonal bands

General Information

Some indications: Demyelinating conditions e.g. MS Other inflammatory states e.g. SLE, Neurosarcoid

Patient Preparation



Please note Change in assay protocol and equipment January 2021.

No changes to interpretation and comments.

Change in method submitted as extension to scope for next scheduled UKAS inspection.

Reference Range



  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status:

    Participation in NEQAS eqa scheme for Oligoclonal bands

The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

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For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235