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CARBAMAZEPINE, serum (8000100400)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:


7mL of blood in Red-topped tube. Do not collect in SST (serum separator tube). Collect trough level immediately before next dose. (Min.: 3mL of blood).

DO NOT draw blood in SST/gel separator vacutainer tube.


Delivered to Sample Management within 2 hours of collection.

Specimen Preparation:

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Centrifuge to separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer serum from red-topped tube to labeled plastic transport tube. 


Room temperature  for ≤5 days, Refrigerated  for ≤5 days, Frozen  for ≤6 months 

Causes for Rejection:

Blood drawn in SST/gel separator vacutainer tube, incomplete and/or incorrect sample identification, improper storage/transport , gross hemolysis, icterus or lipemia,          

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex)

Turnaround Time:

Routine: 8 hours; ASAP: 4 hours; STAT: 1 hour                             


Multi-point Immuno-rate


Clinical Chemistry

CPT 4 Code:


When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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