Neuron-specific enolase

Keywords: NSE

Specimen:

5 mL blood in a plain tube.

Method:

Immunoassay.

Reference Interval:

< 12 µg/L.

Application:

Monitoring progress of neural crest tumours including small cell carcinoma of lung.

Interpretation:

The test does not have 100% sensitivity for diagnostic purposes.

If the level is increased prior to surgery or other therapy it can be used to monitor the response to therapy.

Reference:

Labdenne P et al. Ann Med. 2002; 34(5):316-323.