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Test Code FALB Albumin, Fluid, LAB177

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Pleural, peritoneal (ascites, pancreatic), and pericardial fluid

Acceptable: Other body fluids must have Pathology approval before being reported.

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL of body fluid.

Stability: Specimens should be analyzed immediately or kept at 2 – 8°C and analyzed

               within 3 days. For longer storage, samples may be frozen at -20°C for up to

               6 months.

Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

No established reference values

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Polychromatic through use of Bromcresol Purple.

Test Classification and CPT Coding

82042

Useful For

Measurements of albumin are used in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous diseases involving the liver and kidneys.

Analytic Time

1 hour upon receipt.