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Test Code BLOD0068 Valproic Acid, Free, Serum

Additional Codes

Mayo Test Code: VALPF

Useful For

Monitoring free valproic acid in therapy

 

Assessing compliance

 

Evaluating potential toxicity

Method Name

Ultrafiltration Followed by Immunoassay

Specimen Type

Serum


Specimen Required


Container/Tube:
Preferred:
Serum gel
Acceptable: Red top
Specimen Volume: 2 mL
Collection Instructions:
1. Serum gel tubes should be centrifuged within 2 hours of collection.
2. Red-top tubes should be centrifuged and aliquoted within 2 hours of collection.


Specimen Minimum Volume

1 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 14 days
  Frozen  28 days
  Ambient  72 hours

Reject Due To

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Gross reject

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Reference Values

Therapeutic: 5-25 mcg/mL

Critical value: >30 mcg/mL

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test has been modified from the manufacturer's instructions. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information

80165