Specimen Requirements

Title

FOLATE, RBC

Specimen Requirement

FASTING IS PREFERRED

DRAW LAVENDER/EDTA TUBE/3.0mL WHOLE BLOOD (0.5mL MIN) REFRIGERATED.

 

Methodology

Stability

Room Temp 8 hours; Refrigerated 72 hours; Frozen 14 days

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

1 day Performed Mon-Fri

Clinical Use

Detect folate deficiency; monitor therapy with folate; evaluate megaloblastic and macrocytic anemia

Test Code

RBCF