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Melanocyte Stimulation Hormone, Alpha (a-MSH)
0098819
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
MSH ALPHA
Methodology
Quantitative Radioimmunoassay
Performed
Varies
Reported
3-28 days
New York DOH Approval Status
Specimens from New York clients will be sent out to a New York DOH approved laboratory, if possible.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Patient should not be on any steroid, ACTH, or hypertension medication, if possible, for at least 48 hours prior to specimen collection. Morning fasting specimens are preferred. 
Collect
Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA). 
Specimen Preparation
Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 3 mL plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min. 1 mL) Freeze immediately. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
CRITICAL FROZEN. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered. 
Unacceptable Conditions
 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: 6 months 
Reference Interval
By report
Interpretive Data


Note
CPT Code(s)
83519
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0098819Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone, Alpha1820-0
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Aliases
  • a-MSH
  • Alpha-Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone

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