Diagnostic Testing Medical

Test name: Iron

Order Code: IRON

Preferred Specimen: 2mL serum in a Serum Separator Tube (SST or Tiger-top)

CPT Code: 83540

Collection: Allow SST to clot in an upright position for 30 min, then centrifuge sample within 2 hours of collection. Refrigerate.

Special Instructions and Considerations: In patients treated with iron supplements or metal-binding drugs, the drug-boud iron may not properly react in the test, resulting in artifically low values.

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated

Specimen Stability: 7 days under room temperature; 3 weeks refrigerated

Causes for Rejection: Moderate or Greater Hemolysis

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