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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — interleukin-6

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Description

Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a cytokine that is produced by a variety of cells in response to inflammation. It is a marker of inflammation and is used to diagnose and monitor a variety of diseases.

The clinical test for IL-6 is typically performed on a patient's serum. The serum is obtained by drawing a sample of blood from the patient and then separating the serum from the other components of the blood. This is typically done by centrifugation. Once the serum is obtained, it is then tested for IL-6 using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This test measures the amount of IL-6 in the serum and can be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of diseases.

Synonyms
  • IL-6
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Interleukin-6
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: