Aluminum, Blood 6021X

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
2 mL whole blood collected in an EDTA (royal blue-top) tube

Patient Preparation
Avoid fruits, juices, and tea for 24 hours before collection.

Minimum Volume

Other Acceptable Specimens
Whole blood collected in: Sodium heparin (royal blue-top), or EDTA (lavender-top), or sodium heparin (green-top) tube

Avoid fruits, juices and tea for 24 hours prior

Transport Container

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 14 days
Refrigerated: 30 days
Frozen: 60 days

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

FDA Status
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon, Wed, Sat a.m.; Report available: 2-5 days

Reference Range
<20.0 mcg/L

Clinical Significance
Aluminum has been found as a cause of encephalopathy in patients undergoing prolonged hemodialysis for renal failure. Patients in renal failure lose the ability to filter and excrete aluminum which consequently accumulates in the blood and eventually in the brain and in bone.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute Valencia
27027 Tourney Road
Valencia, CA 91355-5386

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.