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Test ID: PMET    
Metanephrines, Fractionated, Free, Plasma

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Plasma EDTA

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.

Collection Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Additional Information: If plasma catecholamines will be performed on this specimen, see CATP / Catecholamine Fractionation, Plasma, Free for additional specimen requirements and restrictions.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.

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.

0.3 mL

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

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Moderate-reject if hemoglobin concentration is >250 mg/dL

Lipemia

Mild OK; Gross OK

Icterus

Mild OK; Gross OK

Other

NA

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 EDTAFrozen (preferred)14 days
 Refrigerated 7 days