Abbrev Code:PREALB   
Order Code:LAB115Order Name:Prealbumin
Synonyms:TBPA; Thyroxine Binding Prealbumin; Transthyretin
Methodology:Endocrine: Immunoturbidmetry
St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds: CMIA
All other sites: Nephelometric
CPT Codes: 84134 x1
Turnaround Time:Endocrine: Performed Mon-Fri; results are reported within the same day.
All other sites: Performed and reported hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel), St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds - Red (no gel)
Alternate Containers: 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  (Range, UMMC-West Bank, UMMC-East Bank, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, Grand Itasca, St. Joseph's, St. John's, Woodwinds)


Reference Range:
Grand Itasca (all ages): 17-34 mg/dL
St Johns/St Joseph/ Woodwinds: 19-38 mg/dL

All other sites: 
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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