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Test Code ALBFL ALBUMIN, BODY FLUID

Important Note

If requesting this test to be performed on joint/synovial fluid – it must be ordered as an RMISC (referrals miscellaneous test).

Additional Codes

Software Test Code
SoftID ALBFL
EPIC LAB177

Performing Laboratory

NorDx Laboratories

Useful For

Pleural fluid:

Identification of exudative pleural effusions

Peritoneal fluid:

Differentiating hepatic from other causes of ascites that have elevated serum ascites albumin gradient (SAAG)

Method Name

Bromecresol Green (BCG) Dye Binding

Reference Values

Varies with fluid type.

Days and Times Test Performed

Monday through Sunday

Report Available

1 Day

Specimen Type

Body Fluid – Pleural and peritoneal only. Synovial fluid not permitted for testing.

Preferred Container

Red Top Tube

Preferred Volume

Body Fluid: 1 mL (Red Top Tube)

Minimum Volume

Body Fluid: 0.3 mL (Red Top Tube)

Specimen Collection and Handling

Indicate fluid source on request form and tube and send refrigerated.

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type: Body Fluid

Frozen: 4 Months

Refrigerated: 5 Months

Add On Capable

Yes

Advance Beneficiary Notice Requirements

No ABN Required

CPT Code Information

CPT Code

CPT Description

CPT Disclaimer

82042 Albumin, Other Source (not, Serum, Plasma, Whole Blood, or Urine), Quantitative, Each Specimen

Acceptable Alternative Container(s)

Dark Green Top Tube (Lithium Heparin)

Plasma Separator Tube (PST)

LOINC Code Information

1747-5

Keywords

ALBUMIN

Performing Laboratory Location

NorDx Laboratories