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87165:NICOTINE AND COTININE, SERUM OR PLASMA
Methodology:Liquid Chromatography / Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
Edit Date:11/16/2009
Components:Nicotine / Cotinine / 3-OH-Cotinine
Performed:Monday-Friday
Released:1-4 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
CPT Code:83887-90
Specimen Collection Details
Collection:Two 5 mL red top tubes. Also acceptable: Two 4 mL lavender top tubes (EDTA) or one 10 mL green top tube (sodium heparin). Do not use serum separator tube (SST).
Handling:Allow serum to clot, centrifuge and immediately separate serum or plasma into a plastic vial. Refrigerate.
Stability:7 days ambient, 14 days refrigerated, or 3 years frozen.
Standard Volume:4 mL serum or plasma.
Minimum Volume:2 mL serum or plasma.
Transport:Refrigerated.
Rejection Criteria:Use of SST or PST; repeated freeze/thaw cycles.