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|Patient Preparation||The patient should avoid foods high in indoles for 3 days prior to specimen collection: avocado, banana, eggplant, pineapple, plum, tomato and walnut, as well as avoiding coffee, tea and tobacco.|
|Collection Instructions||Obtain special collection kit from Specimen Receiving Desk (M521). The specimen collection kit will include a lavender top tube and a special plastic vial containing ascorbic acid. After drawing the specimen into the lavender top tube, mix well and deliver to laboratory asap.|
|Container type||Obtain special collection kit from specimen receiving desk (M521).|
|Amount to Collect||4 mL blood|
|Preferred volume||4 mL blood|
|Min. Volume||1.1 mL blood|
|Processing notes||Transfer whole blood into the plastic vial, mix well and freeze at -20C. Do NOT centrifuge. Order Quest # 29397P.|
|Turn around times||Test run Monday-Saturday. Turnaround time: 2-5 days.|
|Additional information||To convert µg/L to µmol/L (SI units) multiply by 0.00568.
For testing on urine see 5-HIAA.
|Last Updated||6/21/2016 12:19:52|