Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

Test Code

CPT Codes

Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Gamma-Tocopherol

Preferred Specimen
2 mL Serum

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Collect serum in a red-top tube (no additive) or SST. Centrifuge and pour serum sample into an amber tube. If an amber tube is not available, wrap tube in aluminum foil to protect from light. Send on refrigerant coolant or dry ice to the laboratory.

Transport Container

Plastic screw-capped vial protected from light

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 24 hours

Refrigerated: 7 days

Frozen: 1 Year

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Reference Range
Adult 5.7-19.9 mg/L
  Term Infants (Cord Blood) 1.8-5.8 mg/L
  4 Months-1 Year ≤9.1 mg/L
  1-2 Years 2.9-16.6 mg/L
  3-5 Years 5.5-11.8 mg/L
  6-8 Years 4.6-14.8 mg/L
  9-11 Years 6.2-14.3 mg/L
  12-17 Years 3.7-12.4 mg/L
Levels of alpha-tocopherol <5 mg/L are consistent with Vitamin E deficiency in adults
Adult ≤4.3 mg/L
Pediatric 3-17 Years 0.5-3.8 mg/L

Clinical Significance
Deficiency of vitamin E may cause extensive neuropathy in young children and, in addition, is suspect as a possible cause of motor and sensory neuropathy in older children and in adults. One likely cause of vitamin E deficiency is intestinal malabsorption, resulting from bowel disease, pancreatic disease, or chronic cholestasis. Other causes of malabsorption of vitamin E include celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, and intestinal lymphangiectasia.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.