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Test ID: POXA    
Oxalate, Plasma

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Plasma Na Heparin

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Any client who has never drawn a specimen for this test should call 800-533-1710 or 507-266-5700 and ask for the Renal Laboratory for more detailed instructions.

 

Specimen Type: Acidified plasma

Collection Container/Tube: Green top (sodium heparin)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Fasting (12 hours)

2. Place on wet ice immediately.

3. Centrifuge for 10 minutes at 3,500 rpm at 4 degrees C within 1 hour of draw.

4. Adjust the pH of the plasma specimen to a pH of 1 to 3.5 (ideal range is 2.3-2.7) with approximately 10 mcL concentrated (12N) HCl per 1 mL plasma.

Additional Information:

1. Patient should avoid taking vitamin C supplements for 24 hours prior to draw.

2. Non-acidified specimen can be accepted if the heparinized plasma is properly frozen. However, in nonacidified plasma, oxalate values may increase spontaneously (average 50% increase for plasma oxalate <15 mcmol/L; average 10% increase for plasma oxalate >15 mcmol/L) and will be reported with a disclaimer.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

2 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Non-heparinized specimen

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Plasma Na HeparinFrozen7 days