81232:ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

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81232:ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Alias Names: Omega 3 / Omega 6 / Omega 7 / Omega 9 / C12-C22 / Fatty Acid Profile / Omega fatty acids
Methodology: Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
Edit Date: 1/27/2009
Performed: Monday-Friday
Released: 3-7 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
CPT Code: 82544-90
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: One 7.5 serum separator tube (SST). Also acceptable: One 4 mL lavender top tube (EDTA), or one 4 mL green topt tube (heparin). Patient must not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before the specimen is drawn.
Handling: Allow to clot, centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells and pour into a plastic vial. Freeze. Patient’s age is required for testing. Include information regarding tentative diagnosis, treatment, and family history.
Stability: Unstable ambient or refrigerated.
Standard Volume: 1 mL serum or plasma.
Minimum Volume: 150 µL serumor plasma.
Transport: Frozen on dry ice.
Comments: This test evaluates the nutritional intake and intestinal absorption of essential fatty acids.
Rejection Criteria: Thawed specimen.