Melanocyte Stimulation Hormone, alpha (a-MSH)

Abbrev Code:ARMISC   
Order Code:LAB4909Order Name:Send Outs Misc Test
Synonyms:MSH Alpha
CPT Codes: 83519 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to the reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 10-13 days.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:6 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:2.2 mL
Container:Purple (EDTA)
Patient Preparation:Patient should not be on any steroid, ACTH, or hypertension medication, if possible, for at least 48 hours prior to specimen collection. Morning fasting specimens are preferred.
Causes for Rejection:Room temperature specimens.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 3 mL, 1 mL minimum, plasma within 2 hours of collection. Freeze immediately.
Shipping Instructions:Ship frozen. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.
Stability:24 hours refrigerated; 1 month frozen. Room temperature is unacceptable.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:098819


Reference Range:By report.

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