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  • Carbamazepine

    Test Name:Carbamazepine
    Epic Order Code:LAB21  
    CPT Code:80156  
    Specimen(s) Type:Serum  
    Acceptable Container(s):
    Testing Schedule:24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
    Turn Around Time:STAT: 1 hour  
     Routine: 2 hours  
    Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Obtain specimen by standard collection procedures.
    Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab within 1 hour, centrifuge the specimen and remove serum from the red cells. Store and transport at 2-8° C. Specimen must be received in the lab within 24 hours.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport.
    Reference Range:Therapeutic:4.0 - 12.0 μg/mL
     Potentially toxic:>12.1 μg/mL
    Additional Information:The possiblity exists for interference by human anti-mouse antibodies (HAMA) in the sample, which could cause falsely elevated results.
     The incidence of patients with antibodies to E.Coli β-galactosidase is extremely low. However, some samples containing such antibodies can result in artificially high carbamazepine results that do not fit the clinical profile.