Specimen Requirements

Title

BILE ACIDS, TOTAL

Specimen Requirement

Patient Preparation: Patient must fast a minimum of eight hours prior to collection.
Draw blood in a SST. Centrifuge and separate serum from cells within 1 hour of collection. Send 1.0 mL serum (0.5 mL minimum) refrigerated in a screw-capped plastic vial.

Alternative Specimen: Plain Red

Methodology

Stability

Room Temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

5-7 days (performed Wed/Sat)

Clinical Use

Test Code

BAT