Sunquest Code:FOLIC  
Epic Code:LAB69Epic Name:Folate
Synonyms:Folic Acid
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.9 mL
Container:Green (lithium heparin, gel) (Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Causes for Rejection:Hemolyzed specimen.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Within 2 hours of collection, centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.35 mL minimum. Store frozen.
Shipping Instructions:Ship frozen.
Stability:2 hours at room temperature; 8 hours refrigerated; indefinitely frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (UMMC-East Bank, Grand Itasca GICH)


Reference Range:
Normal Greater than 5.4 ng/mL
Indeterminate 3.4-5.4 ng/mL
Deficient Less than 3.4 ng/mL
GICH: Greater than 5.21 mg/dL
Use:To evaluate anemias.

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