Formic Acid, Urine [6142X]

Test Code

CPT Codes
82570, 83921


Preferred Specimen
3 mL urine submitted in a plastic, leak-proof urine container

Minimum Volume
1.4 mL

Freeze immediately and ship with dry ice.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Not stable
Refrigerated: Not stable
Frozen: 90 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Received room temperature > 5 days

Colorimetry • Gas Chromatography (GC)

Setup Schedule
Creatinine Analytical: Set up: Mon-Sat; Report available: 1 day
Formic Acid Analytical: Set up: Wed; Report available: 3 days

Reference Range
Creatinine: 100 mg/L
Formic Acid: 0.50 mcg/mL
Formic Acid (Creatinine corrected): 0.10 mg/g Creat

Clinical Significance
Formic acid is a metabolite of, and an index of exposure to formaldehyde (which disappears from urine in minutes).

Performing Laboratory
National Medical Services
3701 Welsh Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090-0437

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