Cobalt, Serum/Plasma


Sunquest Code:COBALT  
Epic Code:LAB5962Epic Name:Cobalt
Methodology:Inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported in 1-5 days.
Compliance:

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:4 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL
Container:Trace Element, Serum (DB) (Trace Element, EDTA (DE))
Patient Preparation:Diet, medication and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician).
Causes for Rejection:Specimens collected in containers other than specified. Specimens transported in containers other than specified.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Within 2 hours of collection or ASAP, centrifuge and aliquot 2 mL, 0.5 mL minimum into a metal free plastic vial. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Stability:Indefinitely at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:25037


Interpretive

Reference Range:Less than or equal to 1.0 ug/L
Use:Serum cobalt levels can be used in the assessment of occupational exposure or toxic ingestion. Symptoms associated with cobalt toxicity vary based on route of exposure, and may include cardiomyopathy, allergic dermatitis, pulmoary fibrosis, cough and dyspnea.


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