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MELANOCYTE STIMULATING HORMONE, ALPHA

Mnemonic

MSH ALPHA

Synonym

a-MSH - Alpha-Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Patient should not be on any steroid, ACTH, or hypertension medication, if possible, for at least 48 hours prior to specimen collection. Morning fasting specimens are preferred; non-fasting specimens are acceptable.

Collect

Lavender (EDTA) top tube

Handling

Separate plasma from cells and freeze ASAP or within 2 hours of collection.

Preferred Volume

3 mL plasma

Minimum Volume

1 mL plasma

Transport

CRITICAL FROZEN. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.

Stability

Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Acceptable

Testing Information

Performed

Varies

Reported

9-15 days

Method

Quantitative Radioimmunoassay

Referral Lab

ARUP (98819 - Interscience)

Reference Values

CPT Codes

83519

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:40:26 AM


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