How are specimens collected and prepared for apolipoprotein B (apoB)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2021
  • Author: Georges Elhomsy, MD, ECNU, FACE; Chief Editor: Eric B Staros, MD  more...
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Specimen type: Plasma EDTA

Patient instruction: Overnight fasting (12-14 hours)

Collection tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Unacceptable conditions: Hemolyzed specimens

Specimen preparation: Separate serum from cells as soon as possible or within 2 hours of collection and transfer 1 mL serum to transport tube

Storage/transport temperature: Refrigerated

Stability: Refrigerated 8 days; frozen 3 months

Panels: None

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