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CARBAMAZEPINE (TEGRETOL)

Item Value
Available Stat? Yes
Test code CBZ
Performed by? Chemistry
Sendout? no
Price range $$$
In House Availability ROUTINE: 7 days.
STAT: 24 hours/7 days.
Principle The Siemens Centaur Assay is a competitive immunoassay using a direct chemiluminescent technology.
Container type gold top gel tube
Amount to Collect 2 mL
Sample type Clotted Blood
Special instructions Plasma samples cannot be assayed.
Normal range 4-10 mg/L (17-42 mcmol/L)

All values > 15 mg/L (> 63.5 mcmol/L) are considered Critical Values and are called to the physician or patient care unit immediately.
Synonyms Tegretol;
Stability The specimen is stable for 24 hours at 4°C.
Interferences Auto- (rheumatoid factor) and heterophile antibodies in human serum can react with reagent immunoglobulins, interfering with in vitro immunoassays. Patients routinely exposed to animals or to animal serum products can be prone to this interference. Anomalous values, spuriously low or high, may be observed. Results inconsistent with clinical findings or previous laboratory values can be investigated by the laboratory for this phenomenon. Call the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Medicine Resident (x65527, pager 415-443-2311).
References 1. Penry, J.K. and Newmark, M.E.: Ann Int Med 90: 207-218, 1979.

2. Bayer 119934 Rev. 2003-05. Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, Malvern, PA.
CPT coding 80156
Last Updated 6/18/2011 8:10:17 AM
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