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Methanol
0090165
Ordering Recommendation

Monitor exposure to methanol.

Mnemonic
METHANOL
Methodology
Quantitative Gas Chromatography
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-3 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
For medical purposes only.  Timing of specimen collection: Dependent on time of exposure, test upon presentation to hospital. 
Collect
Plain Red. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), Green (Sodium or Lithium Heparin), Gray (Potassium Oxalate/Sodium Fluoride). 
Specimen Preparation
Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 3 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5 mL) Cap tube tightly to minimize alcohol loss. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Whole blood. Plasma Separator Tubes (PST), Serum Separator Tubes (SST). 
Remarks
 
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 month. 
Reference Interval
Effective February 19, 2013
Therapeutic RangeNo therapeutic range - Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic LevelGreater than 20 mg/dL

Interpretive Data
Toxic concentrations may cause intoxication, metabolic acidosis, ocular toxicity, CNS depression and fatality if patients do not receive medical treatment.

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CPT Code(s)
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0090165Methanol5693-7
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Aliases
  • Methanol blood level
  • Methyl Alcohol
  • Wood Alcohol