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Cortisol, saliva, LC/MS/MS

Lab Section:  Sendout Reference  
Lab Location:  Sendout
Reference Lab: Quest 
Test ID: LAB3985 
Methodology: Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
Schedule: Monday-Friday
Reported: 7-10 days
Specimen Requirements:  Collection: 1.0 mL Blood in a Miscellaneous Container.
Pediatric volume: 0.2 mL.
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.
Handling: This test requires a special sample collection kit available from Lab Medicine Reference area. Please call 203-688-2444 to obtain a Salivette Collection tube..
Unacceptable conditions: Any tubes other than Salivette® • Hemolysis
Stability: Room temperature: 5 days Refrigerated: 7 days Frozen: 2 years


Collection: 1. Rinse mouth thoroughly with water and discard. Do not swallow. 2. Hold the Salivette® 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® firmly with the stopper. 6. Do not remove the tube holding the insert. The Salivette® should be sent to the lab with the swab inside. 7. Label the Salivette® with the patient name, date and time of collection, and any other identifying information.

Reference Interval:  See patient report or consult reference laboratory website
CPT Code(s): 82530
Last Changed: 10/24/2016 04:21:20
Last Reviewed: 12/21/2016 06:02:44