Nicotine and Cotinine, Blood


Sunquest Code:NICTI  
Epic Code:LAB5857Epic Name:Nicotine and Cotinine Blood
Synonyms:Cotinine
Methodology:Liquid chromatography/Tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
CPT Code:80323
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Fri; results are reported within 7-9 days.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 mL
Container:Red (no gel) (Green (sodium heparin, no gel), Purple (EDTA))


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 1 mL, 0.5 mL minimum serum or plasma. Alternatively send 1 mL; 0.5 mL minimum whole blood EDTA or sodium heparin samples are also acceptable. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (MedTox)
Referral Lab number:99742


Interpretive

Reference Range:

By report.

 

Use:Measurement of nicotine and its metabolites to monitor success of smoking cessation programs, detect passive exposure, and evaluate non-tobacco nicotine exposure.


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