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18921: Cortisol, LC/MS/MS, Saliva, 4 Samples Print View
Draw Date 1      
Draw Time 1      
Cortisol, Saliva Sample 1     mcg/dL 
Draw Date 2      
Draw Time 2      
Cortisol, Saliva Sample 2     mcg/dL 
Draw Date 3      
Draw Time 3      
Cortisol, Saliva Sample 3     mcg/dL 
Draw Date 4      
Draw Time 4      
Cortisol, Saliva Sample 4     mcg/dL 

1 Saliva (Salivette Tube) 0.5 (0.2) mL   Frozen - 2 Year(s)/Refrigerated - 7 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 5 Day(s)  

Measurements of salivary cortisol can be useful in the screening of patients for Cushing's syndrome and other adrenal disorders. Specific reference ranges have been defined based upon the time of day that specimen is collected. These reference intervals have been defined using specimens obtained from individuals adhering to a normal sleep/wake cycle.

Patient Preparation:
1. Saliva should be collected at the time(s) prescribed
by your doctor.
2. No food or fluids for 30 minutes prior to collection.
3. Do not use any creams, lotions, or steroid inhalers
immediately prior to collection.
4. Avoid any activity that can cause your gums to bleed,
including brushing and flossing your teeth. Consult with
your doctor if this is a chronic problem.
5. Do not use this kit on children under 3 years of
age or any patient with increased risk of swallowing
or choking.

1. Rinse mouth thoroughly with water and discard. Do not swallow.
2. Hold the Salivette(R) at the rim of the suspended insert and
remove the stopper.
3. Remove the swab.
4. Place the swab under the tongue until well saturated,
approximately 1 minute.
5. Return the saturated swab to the suspended insert and close the
Salivette(R) firmly with the stopper.
6. Do not remove the tube holding the insert. The Salivette(R)
should be sent to the lab with the swab inside.
7. Label the Salivette(R) with the patient name, date and time
of collection, and any other identifying information.
Setup Schedule

Reported (Analytical Time)
6-9 days

CPT Code

The CPT codes provided 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 payer being billed.

Specimen Requirements: 0.5 mL (0.2 mL minimum) saliva collected in each of four separate Salivette(R) collection tubes.

Reject Criteria: Hemolysis; any tubes other than Salivette(R)

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated

Methodology: Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Assay Category: Laboratory Developed Test

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