Sunquest Code:PREALB  
Epic Code:LAB115Epic Name:Prealbumin
Synonyms:TBPA; Thyroxine Binding Prealbumin; Transthyretin
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; results are reported the same day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel) (Green (lithium heparin, gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel), Purple (EDTA), Red (no gel))
Causes for Rejection:Gross hemolysis or lipemic samples. Samples not separated from cells within 2 hours of collection.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Within 2 hours of collection, centrifuge and aliquot 0.5 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:After separation from cells: 6 months refrigerated; 1 year frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Endocrine  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:
Age mg/dL
0-1 y 7-25
2-10 y 12-33
11 y & older 15-45
Use:Assessment of nutritional status; evaluation of total parenteral nutrition.

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