Serotonin, Serum : 1015179

Test Code
SEROTQ or 1015179

Alias/See Also
5-Hydroxytryptamine, Serotonin

CPT Codes

Patient should avoid food high in indoles: avocado, banana, tomato, plum, walnut, pineapple, and eggplant.

Serum separator tube or plain red.

Transport Container
Centrifuge the serum separator tube or plain red and aliquot 2 mL serum (Min: 1 mL) into a standard transport tube. Freeze within 2 hours of collection.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 42 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Received room temperature or refrigerated.

High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Setup Schedule
Monday & Wednesday & Friday

Report Available
3-6 days (From receipt at performing laboratory)

Reference Range
56-244 ng/mL

Clinical Significance
Serotonin concentrations are greatly increased in patients with carcinoid syndrome. Carcinoid tumors are associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) types I and II. These tumors are associated with flushing, diarrhea, pain,and other symptoms.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics

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