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Test Panel Specimen Requirements

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ABO with Rh

Specimen:  5 ml Whole Blood (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                               Method:  Agglutination

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:    

                                                                                                               

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT)

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freezer                                      Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 2 hours                      Method:  Optical

                Refrigerated – 4 hours

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes: Centrifuge immediately @ 3500 rpm, 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml plasma into plastic transport tube, freeze immediately.                        

  

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

Specimen:  1.5 ml Plasma (0.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Freezer                                            Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 2 hours                            Method:  Chemiluminescent

                Refrigerated – None                                         Immunoassay

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:  Collect into iced plastic or siliconized glass lavender-top (EDTA) tube, noting time of collection. After venipuncture, immediately immerse the tubes in an ice bath. Separate plasma from cells by centrifugation. Transfer the plasma into a frozen purple tube with screw cap. Freeze immediately and maintain frozen until tested.

  

Aldosterone

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (0.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                   Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                         Method:  Radioimmunoassay

                Refrigerated – 1 week

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:  Serum aldosterone levels are affected by the sodium intake and the patient’s position; either upright or supine. The upright value should be about 2 to 5 times the supine value obtained from recumbent patient in early am before arising from bed. If an upright specimen is collected the patient should be upright (seated or standing) for at least 30 minutes. Please record the patient’s position when the blood was drawn.

Dietary sodium levels during the period prior to testing can affect aldosterone levels. Patients on a low sodium diet will also have a 2 to 5 fold increase in aldosterone levels over those on a normal sodium diet. Reference intervals are based on the clinician’s verification that the patient has been on a normal sodium diet.

  

Androstendione

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (0.4 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                   Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                      Method:  Radioimmunoassay

                Refrigerated – 1 week

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

  

Antibody Screen (Red Blood Cell)

Specimen:  5 ml Whole Blood (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                               Method:  Agglutination

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

  

Anti-Cardiolipin Antibodies (ACA) – IgG, IgM, IgA

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                       Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 30 days

Notes:

 

Anti-Microsomal Antibody (AMA)

Alias: Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO Ab)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                       Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)

Specimen:  1 ml Serm (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                               Shipping:  Ambient                                                                                     Frozen >3 days

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                     Method:  ELISA 

                Refrigerated – 3 days

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes: Specimens can be sent ambient if we receive them within 3 days of being collected. After 3 days the serum must be poured into a transport tube, frozen and shipped on dry ice.

 

Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA) Screen

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.2 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                       Method:  IFA

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 1 year

Notes:

 

Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA) Comprehensive Infertility Panel

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                       Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                                

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

Anti-Ovarian Antibody (AOA)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                       Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                                   

                Frozen – 1 year

Notes:

 

Anti-Phospholipid Antibody (APA) Panel – IgA, IgG and IgM

(Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphatidylserine, Phosphatidylethanolamine, Phosphatidylglycerol, Phosphatidic acid)

Specimen:  7 ml Serum (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 5 days                      Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 14 days                                                              

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

Anti-Sperm Antibody (ASA) – Female

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerated                               Shipping:  Refrigerated

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                    Method:  Immunobead

                Refrigerated – 14 days                      

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes:

 

Anti-Thrombin III Activity

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freezer                                      Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 4 hours                      Method:  Chromogenic

                Refrigerated – 8 hours

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes: AM draw recommended. Centrifuge immediately @ 3500 rpm, 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml plasma into plastic transport tube, freeze immediately.

 

Anti-Thrombin III Antigen

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freezer                                      Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 8 hours                      Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 8 hours

                Frozen – 21 days

Notes: Centrifuge immediately @ 3500 rpm, 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml plasma into plastic transport tube, freeze immediately.

 

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Mutation Panel – Standard

Cystic Fibrosis, Bloom Syndrome, Canavan Disease, Familial Dysautonomia, Gaucher Disease, Fanconi Anemia Group C, Tay Sachs

Specimen:  20 ml Whole Blood             Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                  Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Mutation Panel – Expanded

Includes Standard Panel plus Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a, Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Mucolipidosis Type IV

Specimen:  20 ml Whole Blood             Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                  Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

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Beta-2 Glycoprotein I Antibody (IgA, IgG, IgM) 

Specimen:  3 ml Serum (1.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Ambient                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                        Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 2 weeks                                                

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

  

Beta- HCG

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 48 hours                    Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 72 hours

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

  

C                                                                                  

C-Peptide

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Freezer                                      Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                    Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 2 days

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes: Recommend 14-16 hours fast prior to collection. Allow sample to clot. Transfer the serum to a frozen purple tube with screw cap. Freeze immediately and maintain frozen until tested.

Ca-125

Specimen: 1ml serum                                    Collection: Tiger SST

Storage: Refrigerate                                        Shipping: Ambient

Stability: Refrigerated – 5 days                  Method: Immunoassay

                       Frozen – 3 months

Notes:

CBC – with Differential and Platelets

Specimen:  4 ml whole blood (1 ml minimum)     Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                            Shipping:  Ambient or Cold

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                              Method:  Sorting /Cytometry/

        Refrigerated – N/A                                                          Microscopy

        Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes: Specimen must be processed for testing within 24 hours of collection.

 

Chagas Disease (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening) 

Specimen:  2ml Serum (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                          Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                          Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes:

Chalmydia/G.C. (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening) 

Specimen:  Urine or Swab    Collection:  BD ProbeTec (UPT) Tube or Swab

Storage:  Ambient                Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 30 days            Method:  Strand Displacement Amplification (SDA)/

                Refrigerated – N/A                                             Fluorescent Energy Transfer (ET)

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes: Patients should not urinate at least 1h prior to collection. Must collect first 15-30 ml of voided  

             urine (not midstream).  

 

Chromosome Analysis 

Specimen: 10 ml Whole Blood (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Green (Na Heparin)

Storage:  Ambient                                                           Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 48 hours                                    Method:  Giemsa-Band Analysis

                Refrigerated – Unacceptable

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

CMV Total Antibody (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  1ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                          Method:  Solid Phase Enzyme Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 14 days

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes:

 

CMV IgG Antibody (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  1ml Serum   (.5ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                     Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                            Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 30 days

Notes:

 

CMV IgM Antibody (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  1ml Serum   (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                        Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                                  Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 30 days

Notes:

 

Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (12)

Specimen:  2ml Serum   (1 ml minimum)     Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                          Method:  Varies by each individual test

                Refrigerated – 3 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes: Patients should fast 12-14 hours prior to collection.

 

Cortisol

Specimen:  1 ml Serum  (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 48 hours                          Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 30 days

Notes:

 

CRP-hs

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                                Method:  Immunoturbidimetric

                Refrigerated – 30 days

            Frozen – 60 days

Notes:

 

Cystic Fibrosis (25 mutations or 97 mutations)

Specimen:  10 ml Whole Blood    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                    Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days               Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 8 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes:

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DHEA-S

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                               Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes:

 

Drug Screen (7 Drugs + Alcohol)

Specimen:  35 ml Urine (10 ml minimum)    Collection:  Urine Cup

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient or Cold

Stability:  Ambient – 5 days                                 Method:  Immunoassay/Chromatography

                Refrigerated – 2 weeks

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes: If arrival at lab will extend beyond 7 days then refrigerate.

 

E                                                                                  

Estradiol

Specimen:  1ml Serum   (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                          Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                   Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

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Factor II (Prothrombin)

Specimen:  5 ml Whole Blood (3 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                    Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                                     Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes:

 

Factor V Leiden Activity (Activated Protein C Resistance)

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freezer                                                 Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 2 hours                                 Method:  Clotting

                Refrigerated – 4 hours

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes: Centrifuge immediately @ 3500 rpm, 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml plasma into plastic transport tube, freeze immediately.

 

Factor V Leiden Mutation

Specimen: 10 ml Whole Blood (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                                     Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes:

 

Fragile X

Specimen: 10 ml Whole Blood (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                     Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                                      Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes:

 

F.S.H (Follicle Stimulating Hormone)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum  (,5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                    Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                              Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

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G.C. / Chalmydia (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  Urine or Swab                Collection:  BD ProbeTec (UPT) Tube or Swab

Storage:  Ambient                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 30 days                  Method:  Strand Displacement Amplification (SDA)/

                Refrigerated – N/A                                       Fluorescent Energy Transfer (ET)

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes: Patients should not urinate at least 1h prior to collection. Must collect first 15-30 ml of voided urine (not midstream). Specimen must be received within 30h.  

 

Glucose, Fasting

Specimen:  1 ml Serum/Plasma (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST  or Na Fluoride/K Oxalate

Storage:  Refrigerate                                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                                    Method:  Spectrophotmetry

                Refrigerated – 3 days

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes: The blood should be drawn while the patient is fasting (no food or drink, except water, for at least 8 hours). Serum or plasma must be separated from cells immediately. Plasma must be 

              transferred into a plastic transport tube.

 

Glucose Tolerance Test (5 Specimens)

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma                     Collection:  Na Fluoride/K Oxalate

Storage:  Refrigerate                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                Method:  Spectrophotmetry

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 28 days

Notes: The initial blood draw should be done while the patient is fasting (no food or drink, except water, for at least 8 hours). Have the patient drink a 75g load of glucose. Perform the remaining blood draws at the time intervals specified by the physician (if no time interval is specified by the physician draw at 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and 4 hours). Separate plasma from cells within 30 minutes of collection. Label each tube with the patient’s name and the time interval. Submit 2 ml plasma in plastic transfer tube for each time interval.

 

Growth Hormone

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                 Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                                Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 1 week

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

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Hemoglobin A1c

Specimen: 5 ml Whole Blood (1 ml minimum)     Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                     Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 1 week                                   Method:  Immunioturbidimetry

                Refrigerated – 1 week

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

Hemoglobinopathy Profile

Specimen:  5ml Whole Blood (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                                               Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                     Method:  HPLC

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

Hepatic Function Panel (6)

Specimen:  4 ml Serum (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                       Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                                 Method:  Spectrophotometry

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

Hepatitis B Core Antibody Total (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                  Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                        Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  2 ml Serum (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                            Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                   Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

Anti-Hepatitis C Virus (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen: 1 ml Whole Blood (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                         Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

Anti-HIV I/II/O (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum  (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                            Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                   Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

HIV/HCV NAT (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  4 ml Whole Blood (2 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                                    Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 5 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes: Blood collected in an EDTA (Lavender) tube may be stored at 2-30°C for up to (3) days from time of draw, followed by an additional (2) days at 2-8°C (Total of 5 days). For storage longer than five days, remove plasma from red blood cells and store at 2-8°C for an additional (7) days (Total of 12 days).

 

Homocysteine, Fasting

Specimen:  3 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)   Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                                           Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                                  Method:  PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 14 days

Notes: Patient should be fasting prior to collection. Plasma must be separated from cells within one hour of collection. Place the specimen in a refrigerator for 30 minutes after collection. Centrifuge the specimen as soon as possible and transfer the plasma to a plastic screw capped vial. Longer storage of whole blood samples at room temperature has been found to increase homocysteine concentration in the plasma. If specimen cannot be separated from cells within one hour, store specimen on ice.

 

Anti-HTLV I/II (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen: 1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                              Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                   Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

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Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-1 (IGFBP-1)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Freezer                                                  Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                  Method:  RIA

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                     

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

Inhibin B

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                            Shipping:  Cold

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                             Method:  ELISA

                Refrigerated – 48 hours

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

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L                                                                                 

Lipid Panel with LDL:HDL Ratio

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Ambient                                               Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                            Method: Spectrophotometry

                Refrigerated – 3 days

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes: Patient should fast 12-14 hours prior to collection of the specimen. Separate serum from cells within 45 minutes of collection.

 

Lupus Anticoagulant (Comprehensive Profile)

Specimen:  3 ml Plasma (2 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freeze                                                    Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 4 hours                             Method:  Clot Detection

                Refrigerated – 24 hours

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes: Centrifuge immediately @ 3500 rpm for 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml into a plastic transport tube and freeze immediately.

 

Luteinizing Hormone

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                 Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

 

M                                                                                  

MTHFR [C677T] Mutation Analysis

Specimen:  10 ml Whole Blood (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                                    Method: PCR

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

Mycoplasma hominis/Ureaplasma urealyticum Culture

Specimen:  Swab                               Collection:  Copan UTM-RT Swab

Storage:  Ambient                                        Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                      Method:  Culture

                Refrigerated – 48 hours

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

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N                                                                                  

NK (Natural Killer Cell) / RIP (Reproductive Immunophenotyping)

Specimen:  10 ml Whole Blood (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                                   Method:  Flow Cytometry

                Refrigerated – N/A                                                    

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

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P                                                                                  

Plasminogen Activity Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1)

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freeze                                                Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 2 hours                             Method: Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 8 hours

                Frozen – 3 months

Notes: Centrifuge immediately at 3500 rpm for 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml into a plastic transport tube and freeze immediately.

 

PAP (Liquid with HPV Reflex)

Specimen:  6 ml Plasma (3 ml minimum)    Collection:  Vial w/ PreservCyt® solution, Thinprep® ;

                                                                                                             Surepath® vial w/ Cytorich® fixative

Storage:  Ambient                                                     Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 weeks                               Method:  Microscopy

                Refrigerated – 3 weeks

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes: Specimen must be processed for testing within 21 days of collection.

 

Progesterone, 17-OH

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 2 days                            Method: Radioimmunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes:

 

Prolactin

Specimen:  1 ml Plasma (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                           Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 5 days                                   Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 28 days

Notes: AM draw recommended.

 

Prostate Specific Antigen

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                               Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 3 days

                Frozen – 2 weeks

Notes:

 

 Protein C Activity

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freeze                                                        Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 2 hours                                Method:  Clot Detection

                Refrigerated – 4 hours

                Frozen – 2 weeks

Notes: Centrifuge immediately at 3500 rpm for 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml into a plastic transport tube and freeze immediately.

 

Protein C Antigen

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freeze                                                   Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 4 hours                            Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 24 hours

                Frozen – 2 weeks

Notes: Centrifuge immediately @ 3500 rpm for 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml into a plastic transport tube and freeze immediately.

 

Protein S Activity

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freeze                                                  Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 4 hours                             Method: Clot Detection

                Refrigerated – 24 hours

                Frozen – 2 weeks

Notes: Centrifuge immediately at 3500 rpm for 15 minutes. Remove plasma, aliquot 2 ml into a plastic transport tube and freeze immediately.

 

Protein S Antigen (Free and Total)

Specimen:  2 ml Plasma (1 ml minimum)    Collection:  Blue (3.2% Na Citrate)

Storage:  Freeze                                                   Shipping:  Frozen

Stability:  Ambient – 4 hours                            Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 24 hours

                Frozen – 2 weeks

Notes:

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R                                                                                 

RIP (Reproductive Immunophenotyping) / NK (Natural Killer Cell)

Specimen:  10 ml Whole Blood (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                           Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                                    Method:  Flow Cytometry

                Refrigerated – N/A                                                    

                Frozen – Unacceptable

Notes:

 

Rubella IgG

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Ambient                                            Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 4 days                                 Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

                Frozen – 30 days

Notes:

 

Rapid Plasma Reagin (Syphillis) Qualitative

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                     Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 72 hours                         Method:  Agglutination

                Refrigerated – 5 days                                                    

                Frozen – 6 months

Notes: Serum samples should be tested within 72 hours and stored at 2–8EC. Samples that require longer storage periods must be removed from the red cells and may be stored at 2–8EC for 5 days or at -20⁰C or below until testing.

 

S                                                                                  

Semen Culture

Specimen:  1 ml Semen or Swab       Collection:  Urine Cup or Urogenital Swab

Storage:  Refrigerated or Ambient        Shipping:  Refrigerate or Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – N/A                                Method: Culture

                Refrigerated – N/A

                Frozen – N/A

Notes: If submitting fluid specimen via urine cup store and ship refrigerated. If submitting swab store and ship ambient.

 

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                  Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 5 days                           Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 5 days

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

 

Sickle Cell

Specimen:  5 ml Whole Blood (2 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Refrigerate                                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                                    Method: Solubility

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes:

 

Sperm Chromatin Fragmentation Assay (SCFA™)

Specimen:  Semen (>1 million sperm)    Collection:  2 ml screwcap tube

Storage:  Freeze                                                Shipping:  frozen

Stability:  Ambient – N/A                                   Method:  Flow Cytometry

                Refrigerated – N/A

                Frozen – 3 months

Notes: Specimen must be flash frozen in liquid Nitrogen. Contact our lab for specific instructions.

 

Sperm DNA Decondensation (SDD℠) Test

Specimen:  Semen (>500,00 sperm)    Collection:  2 ml screwcap or 15 ml conical tube

Storage:  Refrigerate                                    Shipping:  Cold

Stability:  Ambient – N/A                                 Method:  Bioassay

                Refrigerated – 9 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes: Specimen may be kept refrigerated for up to 7 days prior to shipping. Please contact our lab for specific instructions.

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T-3, Free

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                  Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                            Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

                Frozen – 28 days

Notes:

 

T-3, Total

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                              Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                     

                Frozen – 28 days

Notes:

 

T-4

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                        Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                             Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                     

                Frozen – 28 days

Notes:

 

T-4, Free

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                    Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 7 days                              Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

                Frozen – 28 days

Notes:

 

Testosterone, Free

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                         Method:  Equilibrium Dialysis

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

 

Testosterone, Total

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.8 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                             Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                         Method:  Radioimmunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

Thyroglobulin

Specimen:  1ml serum                                      Collection: Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                          Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Refrigerated- 7 days                     Method:  IRMA

                     Frozen-1 year
Notes:

Thyroglobulin Antibody

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                   Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 5 days                             Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

                Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

  

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibody

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 4 days                               Method:  Immunoassay

    Refrigerated – 7 days                                                    

    Frozen – 2 months

Notes:

 

TSH Receptor Antibody

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                         Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                               Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 3 days                                                     

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

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U                                                                                  

Ureaplasma urealyticum / Mycoplasma hominis Culture

Specimen:  Swab                                   Collection:  Copan UTM-RT Swab

Storage:  Ambient                                          Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                         Method:  Culture

                Refrigerated – 48 hours

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

Urinalysis with Micro Exam

Specimen:  10 ml Urine (5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Routine urinalysis tube, BD urine transport

Storage:  Refrigerate                                              Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 72 hours                             Method:  Microscopic Examination

                Refrigerated – N/A

                Frozen – N/A

Notes: Specimen must be put in tube with preservative. If not preserved please call.

 

V                                                                                  

Varicella zoster Antibody IgG

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Ambient                                              Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 4 days                                 Method: Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 1 month

Notes:

 

Vitamin D, 25-OH

Specimen:  1 ml Serum (.5 ml minimum)    Collection:  Tiger SST

Storage:  Refrigerate                                      Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 3 days                              Method:  Immunoassay

                Refrigerated – 7 days

                Frozen – 21 days

Notes:

 

W                                                                                  

West Nile Virus (FDA Licensed for Donor Screening)

Specimen:  5 ml Whole Blood (3 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                           Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 24 hours                                    Method: PCR

                Refrigerated – 3 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes: Specimens may be stored an additional five days at 2° to 8°C following centrifugation.

 

X

 

Y                                                                                  

Y Chromosome Microdeletion (YCMD)

Specimen:  7 ml Whole Blood (3 ml minimum)    Collection:  Lavender (EDTA)

Storage:  Ambient                                                           Shipping:  Ambient

Stability:  Ambient – 8 days                                         Method: PCR

                Refrigerated – 8 days

                Frozen – N/A

Notes:

 

Z

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