Specimen Requirements

Title

CARNITINE EVALUATION (FREE AND TOTAL)

Specimen Requirement

Draw blood in a green sodium or lithium heparin tube. Spin, separate and send 0.5 mL plasma frozen within 2 hours in a screw-capped plastic transport vial. Indicate tube type on transport vial and freeze. CRITICAL FROZEN.

Contact lab for dry ice for shipment

Methodology

Stability

Frozen 1 month

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

5-7 days Performed Tues-Sat

Clinical Use

Evaluate various muscle disorders resulting from hereditary carnitine deficiency states

Test Code

CARNW