Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Carotene,Serum

Test Name: Carotene,Serum
Alternate Name(s): Beta Carotene
Laboratory: Core (all campuses)
Specimen Type: 6 mL Red top Vacutainer tube
Collection Information: Minimum volume of serum or plasma required is 1 mL.

Spin and aliquot serum or plasma and freeze immediately and send to the lab.


Avoid exposure to light.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
10 days
Stat
 
 
Reference Range: 0.9-4.7 µmol/L
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2012-05-06
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Precursor of Vitamin A and absorbed from GI tract with Vitamin A. Decreased in malabsorption syndromes and steatorrhoea. May be elevated in hyperlipidemia or in fad dieting (carrots, vegetable juices).
Special Processing: Protect from light and freeze serum immediately after separation.
Comments:  
Method of Analysis: HPLC
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Separate and freeze. Ship frozen and do not allow time to thaw.
System Codes: 
Cerner
CAR
 
Referred To: Gamma Dynacare Laboratories

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