Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Prostate Specific Antigen, Plasma/Serum

Test Name: Prostate Specific Antigen, Plasma/Serum
Alternate Name(s): PSA
Total PSA
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: Adult:
4.5 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Vacutainer tube

Red, Gold, or Lavender (EDTA) top tubes are also acceptable
Collection Information: Minimum volume of plasma or serum required is 700 L for adult samples or 200 L for pediatric samples.
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 hours
Reference Range: < 60 years: ≤ 3.89 g/L
60 70 years: ≤ 5.40 g/L
> 70 years: ≤ 6.22 g/L
Effective Date: 2018-03-06
Revised Date: 2018-08-17
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: If the total PSA result is in the range of 4 10 g/L, a free PSA result could be of value in estimating the risk of prostate cancer in a patient with no previous diagnosis.
Special Processing:  
Comments: Biotin may interfere with this test. Samples should not be taken from patients receiving high biotin doses (i.e. > 5 mg/day) until at least 8 hours after the last biotin administration.
Method of Analysis: Roche Electrochemiluminescence
Critical Information Required:  
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