Vitamin C : 1015361

Vitamin C is unstable at room temperature. Keep specimen cold and process and freeze ASAP.

Test Code
VITCQ or 1015361

Alias/See Also
Ascorbic Acid

CPT Codes

Overnight fasting is preferred. Patient should refrain from taking vitamin C supplements or fruits 24 hours prior to sample collection.

Plain red (foil wrapped) or green (no gel) (sodium heparin) (foil wrapped). Protect from light.

Transport Container
Protect from light. Allow foil wrapped plain red to clot refrigerated and centrifuge ASAP (within 1 hour). Immediately centrifuge the green top. After centrifugation, immediately aliquot 1 mL (Min: 0.5 mL) serum or plasma into an amber transport tube (preferred) or protect the transport tube from light with foil or place in an amber bag. Freeze immediately.

Transport Temperature
Frozen (dry ice).

Specimen Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 35 days -70 or dry ice

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Not light protected, EDTA plasma, Lithium heparin plasma, Thawed samples, Lipemic, Hemolysis, Received room temperature, Received refrigerated.

Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

Setup Schedule
Tuesday - Saturday

Report Available
3-4 days (From receipt at performing laboratory)

This test was developed and its performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. Performance characteristics refer to the analytical performance of the test.

Reference Range
Effective 3-19-2018
Female 0.3-2.7 mg/dL
Male 0.2-2.1 mg/dL

Clinical Significance
Vitamin C is an antioxidant involved in connective tissue metabolism, drug-metabolizing systems, and mixed-function oxidase systems to list a few. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy; manifestations include impaired formation of mature connective tissue, bleeding into the skin, weakness, fatigue, and depression.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics

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