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Lab Dept:

Chemistry

Test Name:

BILE ACIDS, TOTAL

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

BACD

Synonyms:

N/A

CPT Codes:

82239 – Bile acids; total

Test Includes:

Bile acids reported in umol/L.

Logistics

Test Indications:

If urine is analyzed and shows evidence of a metabolic abnormality, it is recommended a serum sample be collected and tested at an additional fee (same charge as the urine). This will be discussed with the lab and ordering provider. This situation is rare.

Lab Testing Sections:

Chemistry - Sendouts

Referred to:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

2 – 4 weeks

Special Instructions:

Please note if the patient is currently on Urso or Actigall and if the patient has been ill within the past month with specific dates if possible. It is recommended that patients be off these two drugs for at least 5 days before specimen collection. Also provide a brief clinical history and preliminary diagnosis. Call reference lab at 513-636-4203 with questions.

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Urine or Bile

Container:

Urines: Leak-proof urine container
Bile: Specimen collection vial

Draw Volume:

5 - 3 mL (Minimum 2mL) urine
1 – 2 mL bile

Processed Volume:

Same as Draw Volume

Collection:

Routine urine or bile collection

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Freeze random urine or bile specimen. Ship frozen, Monday – Thursday, only. Send overnight express. There is no weekend delivery. Hold specimens collected on the weekend for Monday.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Mislabeled or unlabeled specimen

Interpretive

Reference Range:

<20 umol/L

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

N/A

Methodology:

FAB-MS (fast atom bombardment-mass spectrometry; LSIMS)

References:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2003



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