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CAROTENE, SERUM TOTAL

Mnemonic

CARO

Synonym

Beta Carotene

Guidelines

For specific measurement of one or more of the following analytes: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin; order Carotenes, Fractionated, Plasma or Serum

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Fasting specimens preferred.

Collect

Serum, one 4.0 mL serum separator tube

Handling

Separate serum from cells. CRITICAL, protect from light during collection, storage and shipping. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.

Preferred Volume

2.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.6 mL (1.5 mL minimum whole blood draw)

Transport

Frozen

Rejection Criteria

Ambient, refrigerated, icteric, or hemolyzed or specimens not protected from light

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 4 hours; Frozen: 1 month

Testing Information

Performed

Mon - Sun

Reported

2-4 days

Method

Spectrophotometry

Referral Lab

ARUP (80055)

Reference Values

Reference Values

60-200 µg/dL

CPT Codes

82380

Last Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 03:35:33 PM


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