Ordering Recommendation

Use to diagnose and monitor lactic acidosis in hypoxic and metabolic diseases.

Mnemonic
LA
Methodology

Enzymatic

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Within 24 hours

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

Patient should be fasting and at complete rest. Patient should avoid any exercise of the arm or hand before or during collection. Draw the specimen without the use of a tourniquet or within three minutes of applying the tourniquet, but before releasing the tourniquet.

Collect

Gray (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate). Collect blood without stasis. Collect on ice.

Specimen Preparation

Immediately chill specimen; do not freeze whole blood. Centrifuge specimen within 15 minutes of collection. Transport 1 mL plasma. (Min: 0.2 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions

EDTA, citrate, or iodoacetate as anticoagulants. Tubes less than half full.

Remarks
Stability

After separation from cells: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 month

Reference Interval

0.5-2.2 mmol/L

Interpretive Data



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

83605

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0020045 Lactic Acid, Plasma 2524-7
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Aliases
  • L-Lactate
  • Lactate
  • Lactic Acid Plasma
  • Plasma Lactic Acid
Lactic Acid, Plasma