Acetaldehyde, Serum/Plasma [17840X]

Test Code
13727

CPT Codes
82491

Preferred Specimen
2 mL serum collected in a red-top tube (no gel)

Minimum Volume
0.7 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Plasma collected in: EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Transport Container
Plastic screw-cap vial

Transport Temperature
Frozen

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Not stable
Refrigerated: Not stable
Frozen: Undetermined

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Serum separator tube (SST®)

Methodology
Gas Chromatography

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Fri a.m.; Report available: 5 days

Reference Range
See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance
Acetaldehyde is commonly used in the manufacturing of paraldehyde, butanol, perfumes, aniline dyes, plastics, and synthetic rubber. It is also used in the process of silvering mirrors. Symptoms of overexposure can resemble alcoholism. Other symptoms include erythema, skin burns, dermatitis, lacrimation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Acetaldehyde is an unstable compound postcollection. It will both form and degrade under certain conditions. Although extreme precautions have been demonstrated to maintain the integrity of Acetaldehyde, the results will be affected under typical collection and laboratory procedures.

Performing Laboratory
National Medical Services
3701 Welsh Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090



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