Nicotine and Cotinine, Blood

Abbrev Code:NICTI   
Order Code:LAB5857Order Name:Nicotine and Cotinine Blood
Methodology:Liquid chromatography/Tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
CPT Codes: 80323 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Fri; results are reported within 7-9 days.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 mL
Container:Red (no gel)
Alternate Containers: 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. Do not share specimen with other testing.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Stability:14 days at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen. Do not freeze whole blood.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (MedTox)
Referral Lab number:99742


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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