N-Telopeptide, Serum : 59245

Test Code
NTELOQ or 59245

Alias/See Also
N-Telopeptide, NTx

CPT Codes

Serum separator tube or plain red.

Transport Container
Centrifuge the serum separator tube or plain red top and aliquot 1 mL serum (Min: 0.5 mL) into a standard transport tube. Freeze immediately.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 60 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimens received in frozen Serum Separator tubes, Plasma.

Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)

Setup Schedule

Report Available
2-8 days (From receipt at performing laboratory)

Reference Range
Adult Male greater than or equal to 19 years: 5.4-24.2 nM BCE
Adult Female greater than or equal to 19 years: 6.2-19.0 nM/BCE

Clinical Significance
Serum N-Telopeptide (NTx) levels may be used in predicting skeletal response (bone mineral density) to antiresorptive therapy and in monitoring bone resorption changes following initiation of antiresorptive therapy. Prior to initiating antiresorptive therapy, a serum NTx level is used to determine the probability for a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) after one year in postmenopausal women treated with hormonal antiresorptive therapy relative to those treated with calcium supplementation.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics

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