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3522R: Folate RBC Print View
Folate RBC ICMA  280 - 790  ng/mL RBC 


Detect folate deficiency; monitor therapy with folate. Folic acid is essential for the conversion of serine to glycine, catabolism of histidine, and synthesis of thymidylate, methionine, and purine. Deficiencies may be detected both in serum and red blood cells. Red blood cells are generally macrocytic except in combined deficiencies of both folate and iron, common in malnourished individuals.

A fasting specimen is preferred, ship on cold pack do not
freeze. Protection from light exposure (e.g., foil wrap) is not
required.
Setup Schedule
Tuesday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
Next day

CPT Code
82747

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.

Notes
Specimen Stability: Folate Room temperature and Refrigerated: 72 hours Frozen: 30 days Folate (light-protected or amber vials) Room temperature and Refrigerated: 5 days Frozen: 30 days Hematocrit Room temperature and Refrigerated: 48 hours Frozen: Unacceptable Transport Temperature: Room temperature






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