Item Value
Test name Lactate, plasma
Available Stat? Yes
Turn around times 1 hour
In House Availability Test available 24 hours per day 7 days per week
Performed by Parnassus, Mission Bay & Mt. Zion Chemistry
Normal range
Age Normal Range
0 - 2 months 1.0-3.5 mmol/L
3 months - 1 year 1.0-3.3 mmol/L
2 - 18 years 1.0-2.4 mmol/L
≥ 18 years 0.5-2.2 mmol/L


Adult reference range from Beckman's Lactate Information Sheet which references Tietz, N. W., Clinical Guide to Laboratory Tests, 3rd Edition, Philadelphia, PA (1995). Adult range verified by testing 24 laboratory staff (July 2011).

Pediatric reference ranges adopted from Soldin, Steven J. Pediatric Reference Intervals (method 3), 6th edition, 2007.
Container type Gray top
Amount to Collect 1 mL blood
Collection Instructions Deliver sample immediately to laboratory for processing.
Sample type Fluoride / oxalate whole blood

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