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Fatty Acid Profile, Essential, Serum (Updated)


Name Method Department Units
Fatty Acid Profile, Essential, Serum Gas Chromatography/Mass spectrometry
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Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Hexadecenoic Acid, Palmitoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, g-Linolenic Acid, a-Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Vaccenic Acid, Stearic Acid, EPA, Arachidonic Acid, Mead Acid, h-g-Linolenic, Arachidic Acid, DHA, DPA, DPA, DTA, Docosenoic Acid, Nervonic Acid, Triene Tetraene Ratio, Total Saturated Acid, Total Monounsaturated Acid, Total Polyunsaturated Acid, Total w3, Total w6, Total Fatty Acids

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 0.5 mL

Red Tube (no anticoagulant) with Gel

3 mL 0.5 mL

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 0.5 mL

Frozen - 3 month(s)
Refrigerated - 72 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • Centrifuge within 45 minutes, separate supernatant and freeze

Reasons for Rejection

  • Gross lipemia
  • Serum or Plasma received at room temperature


Collection Insttructions: Patient should fast overnight (12-14 hours). Patient must not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before the specimen is drawn.

CPT Code

  • 82542