Argatroban Assay


Sunquest Code:ARGAT  
Epic Code:LAB6326Epic Name:Argatroban Assay
Synonyms:Ecarin Clotting Time; Direct Thrombin Inhibitor Assay
Methodology:Chromogenic Anti IIa assay. Test is currently sent to Allina Laboratory.
CPT Code:85635
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory 7 days a week; results are reported within 24 hours.
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Specimen Collection and Processing for Coagulation Specimens



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:Two 3 mL tubes, each containing 2.7 mL blood; each filled to fill line on tube.
Minimum\Peds Volume:One 3 mL tube, each containing 2.7 mL blood; each filled to fill line on tube.
Collection Instructions:Deliver to laboratory ASAP; sample must be processed within 2 hours of collection. See link to Specimen Collection and Processing for Coagulation Specimens.
Causes for Rejection:Underfilled tubes. Greiner tubes are not acceptable.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:The specimen must be processed within 2 hours of collection. Centrifuge for 30 m, remove clear, lipid-free plasma, aliquot small volumes (0.3-0.5 mL) into separate labeled polypropylene tubes and immediately place on dry ice or in -70C freezer.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on dry ice.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (Allina Medical Laboratories)
Referral Lab number:7780 (Argatroban Assay)


Interpretive

Therapeutic Range:0.4-0.6 mcg/mL; target 0.5 mcg/mL Prophylactic: 0.2-0.3 mcg/mL
Use:To monitor Argatroban therapy.


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