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Test Code URIC Uric Acid

Collection Container

Serum gel

Specimen Required

Serum

Other Acceptable Specimen Types

EDTA or Heparinized plasma

Special Handling Instructions

If the patient is known to be on the tumor lysis drug Rasburicase, blood samples must be kept on ice immediately  after collection, during transport, before analysis, and spun in a refrigerated centrifuge. This is the only way to prevent a falsely low uric acid level.

Specimen Volume

1 mL

Minimum Specimen Volume

0.1 mL

Transport Temperature

Refrigerate

Specimen Stability

Refrigerated: 7 days

Methodology

Spectrometry

Days and Times Performed

Test performed daily

Turnaround Time

24 hours for routine, 1 hour for stats

Reference Ranges

Males: 2.6 - 8.7

Females:1.6 - 7.6

Units of Measure

mg/dL

CPT Code

84550

EMR Interface Order Code

10150