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Lithium

Tube Type

Test ID   LAB29
EPIC Order
  LITHIUM LEVEL
CPT Code(s)   80178
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Core Laboratory
Tube Station   Routine 30; STAT 888
Specimen Routine: 1 mL blood/royal blue top Only
  micro: 200 µL blood/red top bullet Only
Stability
Unspun: 24 hours
Room temperature: Yes
Refrigerator:24 hours
Frozen: 6 months
Availability Routine: 24 Hours/Day
  STAT: YES 
Turnaround Time   STAT 1hr; Routine 2 hrs
Reference Range Therapeutic: 0.5-1.5 mEq/L
  Toxic: >1.5 mEq/L
Internal Reference Testing Specimen Handling Instructions: Centrifuge, aliquot, refrigerate
     
Comments Samples for lithium therapeutic monitoring should be collected at least 12 hours after dosing.  Concentrations at 24 hours are good indicators of maintenance doses.

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on August 31, 2016

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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