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Test Compendium

6097: VITAMIN C

Test Code

  • 6097

Test Synonym

  • Vitamin C

Minimum Volume

  • 0.75 mL

Specimen Requirements

  • Serum Or Plasma

Container

  • Transfer Tube, Amber with Frozen Serum, Transfer Tube, Amber with Frozen Plasma, Transfer Tube- Frozen- Plasma, Transfer Tube- Frozen- Serum, Amber Tube- Frozen

Storage

  • Frozen

Turn Around Time

  • 5 days

CPT Codes

  • 82180
    *The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the responsibility of the billing entity. Please direct any questions regarding the CPT coding to the payer being billed.

Special Instructions

  • 2mL Plasma (Hep) or Serum Frozen and Protected from Light -amber tube or foil wrapped - ship on dry ice

Additional Information

  • Heparized Plasma, FROZEN and PROTECTED FROM LIGHT (preferred); or serum Draw Green-top (heparin) tube, or red-top tube or gel-barrier tube for serum; centrifuge and transfer to amber plastic transport tube with amber-top. (If amber tubes are unavailable, cover standard transport tube completely, top and bottom, with aluminum foil. Identify specimen with patient name directly on the container and on the outside of the aluminum foil. Secure with tape.) FREEZE IMMEDIATELY and protect from light. Stable for five days at -30(degrees)C and one month at -70(degrees)C. There is a 61% decrease in levels in the first 24 hours following collection if the sample is allowed to remain at room temperature. Overnight fasting is preferred. Refrain from taking vitamin C supplements or fruits 24 hours prior to sample collection.

Specimen Stability

  • AMBIENT: unstable REFRIGERATED: unstable FROZEN: 5 days at -30 & 1 month at -70