Laboratory Services

Albumin, Body Fluid

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Albumin, Body Fluid
Synonym(s)

ALBBF

General Information

Aids in identifying the cause of ascites. Useful in differentiating exudative and transudative pleural effusions.

Container Type

Transport Tube, Red Top Tube, Li-Heparin Tube,  or Aliquot Tube

Specimen Type

Peritoneal Fluid, Pleural Fluid, Drain Fluid (JP drain), Ascites

Specimen Requirements

Date and time of collection are required. Specimen source is required.

Specimen Collection / Processing Instructions

Indicate body fluid type and source (if applicable)


Preferred: Depending on the volume, take an aliquot and centrifuge to remove any cellular material and transfer to a plastic aliquot tube. Indicate the body fluid type, source location, and time of collection on the label.


Acceptable: Submit specimen in non-centrifuged collection container such as a plain red top or Li-Heparin tube.  Indicate the body fluid type, source location, and time of collection on the label.

Stability

Room Temp - 24 hours


Refrigerated - 7 days


Frozen - 30 days

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Specimen types other than those listed

Methodology

Colorimetric

Estimated TAT

0-2 days

Testing Schedule

Monday - Saturday

CPT Code(s)

82042

Minimum Sample Volume

0.5 mLs

Reference Range

Reference range not established for sample type

Performing Lab

Incyte

LOINC Code(s)

1747-5


14725-6