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Test ID: FESC    
Escitalopram, Serum/Plasma

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

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.

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Serum

Draw blood in a plain, red-top tube(s). (Serum-gel tube is not acceptable.) Separate immediately and send 1 mL serum in plastic (preservative-free) vial. Ship refrigerated.

Note: Label specimen appropriately (serum).

 

Plasma

Draw blood in a lavender-top (EDTA) or Pink top tube(s). (Plasma-gel tube is not acceptable.) Separate immediately and send 1 mL EDTA plasma in plastic (preservative-free) vial. Ship refrigerated.

Note: Label specimen appropriately (plasma).

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.

0.4 mL

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

Hemolysis

NA

Thawing

Warm OK; Cold OK

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Polymer gel separation tube (SST or PST)

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
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)30 days
 Frozen 210 days
 Ambient 30 days