CORTISOL, SALIVA

Specimen Required
Send 0.5 mL of freshly collected saliva in Salivette®. (0.2 mL minimum) refrigerated.
Collection Instructions
Precautions:
1. Saliva should be collected at the time(s) prescribed by your doctor.
2. No food or fluids for 30 minutes prior to collection.
3. Do not use any creams, lotions, or steroid inhalers immediately prior to collection.
4. Avoid any activity that can cause your gums to bleed, including brushing and flossing your teeth. Consult with your doctor if this is a chronic problem.
5. Do not use this kit on children under 3 years of age or any patient with increased risk of swallowing or choking.
Instructions for collection:
1. Rinse mouth thoroughly with water and discard. Do not swallow.
2. Hold the Salivette® at the rim of the suspended insert and remove the stopper.
3. Remove the swab.
4. Place the swab under the tongue until well saturated, approximately 1 minute.
5. Return the saturated swab to the suspended insert and close the Salivette® firmly with the stopper.
6. Do not remove the tube holding the insert. The Salivette® should be sent to the lab with the swab inside.
7. Label the Salivette® with the patient name, date and time of collection, and any other identifying information.

Rejection Criteria
Any tube other than Salivette®

Methodology
Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS-MS)

Stability
Room Temperature: 5 days; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 2 years

Reference Range
By report

Performed
Tuesday-Saturday

Turnaround Time7-10 days
Test CodeCORTS
CPT-4 Code (s)
82530
LOINC Codes
2142-8

Warde
Medical
Laboratory