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Folate, Serum (Folic Acid)

Test Name:Folate, Serum (Folic Acid)
Epic Order Code:LAB69
CPT Code:82746  
Specimen(s) Type:Serum, 1.0 mL
Acceptable Container(s):Tops are gold and red.
Testing Schedule:Monday-Friday
Turn Around Time:STAT: NA
 Routine: 48-72 hours
Collection Information:A fasting specimen is preferred. Obtain by standard collection procedures.
Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Client: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 within 48 hours. If longer storage is required, store and transport the sample at -20° C up to 1 month.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient volume, incorrect/delay in transport, hemolysis.
Reference Range:3.1 - 17.5 ng/mL
Additional Information:Hemolysis may significantly increase folate values due to high concentrations of folate in red blood cells.