Ordering Recommendation

Monitor patient adherence and exposure.

Mnemonic
LI
Methodology

Colorimetry

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Within 24 hours

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation

Specimens are commonly drawn approximately 12 hours after last dose of lithium taken.

Collect

Clot Activator Tube, Plain Red, or Green (Sodium Heparin).

Specimen Preparation

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.2 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens collected in lithium heparin or sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate. Grossly hemolyzed specimens.

Remarks
Stability

After separation from cells: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 6 months

Reference Interval

Therapeutic: 0.5-1.2 mmol/L
Toxic: 1.6 or greater mmol/L

Interpretive Data



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

80178

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0020038 Lithium, Serum or Plasma 14334-7
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Aliases
  • Li concentration
Lithium, Serum or Plasma