Bilirubin, Body Fluid


Sunquest Code:FBILP  
Epic Code:LAB4566Epic Name:Bilirubin Fluid
Methodology:Bichromatic end point
CPT Code:82247
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Bilirubin is photosensitive and samples should be protected from both daylight and fluorescent light to avoid photo-degradation.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Fluid
Optimal Volume:1.25 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Green (lithium heparin, gel), Green (lithium heparin) on ICE, Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Collection Instructions:Protect sample from light


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Protect specimen from light. Aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Fairview Northland - FNMC)


Interpretive

Reference Range:No reference ranges have been established. This result should be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical condition and compared to simultaneous measurement in the patient's blood.
Use:Bile leakage into the body cavity gives a very high fluid bilirubin concentration, many-fold higher than a patient's serum concentrations. Body fluid to serum bilirubin concentration ratios are generally less than 0.6 in transudates with the ratio in exudates being higher.


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