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Coenzyme Q10

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code CQ10
Performed by Quest
Sendout? Yes
Method High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Patient Preparation Patient should fast 8-12 hours prior to collection. Patient may have water. It is not necessary to discontinue nutritional supplements prior to this test.
Container type Red-top or gold-top
Amount to Collect 2 mL (blood)
Sample type Serum (Protected from light)
Preferred volume 1 mL (serum)
Min. Volume 0.5 mL (serum)
Processing notes Send serum in an amber vial or wrap a clear, plastic screw-cap vial in foil. Protect from light. Freeze and ship to CB frozen. Order Quest test code 19826.
Ref Lab Rejection Criteria Thawed Serum · Sample not protected from light
Units mg/L
Normal range 0.44-1.64 mg/L
Synonyms Ubiquinone 10
Stability Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: Unacceptable
Frozen: 7 days
Turn around times 4-6 days
Additional information Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat soluble cofacter that is essential for energy producing metabolic pathways and for the proper functioning of the mitochondrial oxidative system. With insufficient CoQ10, the electron transfer activity of the mitochondria decreases, resulting in a net failure to produce the energy necessary to run the cell. Tissues with high energy demand have even greater demands for CoQ10. For example, heart muscle, which continually exerts a pumping action for an entire lifetime, has an immense need for the cofactor. Studies demonstrate the effectiveness of supplemental coenzyme Q10 in cardiomyopathy, myocardial dysfunction, and congestive heart failure. CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant like vitamins E and C, and thus serves the role of neutralizing excess free radicals. It is now well established that the control of excessive free radical activity is key in preventing/delaying the progression of degenerative diseases.
CPT coding 82542-90
LOINC code 27923-2
Last Updated 5/31/2016 1:21:24 PM
Entry Number 1725
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