OMEGA -3 and -6 FATTY ACIDS

Specimen Required
Overnight fasting required. Draw blood in a lavender EDTA. Centrifuge, remove plasma from cells and send 2.0 mL plasma (0.6 mL minimum) refrigerated in a screw-capped plastic vial.

Alternate Specimen
Serum: Red-top

Rejection Criteria
SST, gross hemolysis, grossly icteric, lipemia, anticoagulant other than EDTA.

Methodology
Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Stability
Room temperature: 7 days; Refrigerated: 14 days; Frozen: 35 days

Reference Range
By report

Performed
Monday-Saturday

Turnaround Time4-6 days
Test CodeOM3FA
CPT-4 Code (s)
82542
LOINC Codes
Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) Index   Not available  
Risk   Not available  
Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio   Not available  
EPA/Arachidonic Acid Ratio   Not available  
Arachidonic Acid   Not available  
EPA   Not available  
DHA   Not available  

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