Methemoglobin [647X]

Test Code
1981

CPT Codes
83050

Includes
May include a Hemoglobin level

Preferred Specimen
5 mL whole blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Instructions
Specimen must be delivered within 72 hours of collection time for analysis.
Please note: Heparinized or citrated whole blood can also be used if client provides a hemoglobin result on the patient.

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 2 hours
Refrigerated: 72 hours (from collection time)
Frozen: Unacceptable

Methodology
Spectrophotometry (SP)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily a.m.; Report available: 1 day

Reference Range
0.0-1.6%

Clinical Significance
The Methemoglobin concentration in blood is increased to 10 to 30 percent of the total hemoglobin in congenital methemoglobinemia.

Methemoglobin is increased to some degree in persons who have ingested nitrites, nitrates, or certain drugs or chemicals such as phenacetin, phenazo-pyridine, sulfonamides, sulfones, or aniline dyes, as well as in those who have received a local anesthetic that contains an aniline ring, such as benzocaine or lidocaine.

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



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