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Folate - Serum

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Effective 15/12/2015, Folate testing can only be requested for a prescribed list of clinical situations (see list below). The request form MUST include the clinical indication for the test. In the absence of this information, testing cannot be performed.

PRESCIBED LIST OF INDICATIONS FOR FOLATE TESTING

 

 Malabsorption conditions

 Macrocytic Anaemia

 Coeliac Disease

 

Alternate names:
Folic Acid
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
FOL
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Serum tube with gelSerum tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable
Minimum Adult Volume:
2 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
0.5 mL
Notes:

Red Cell Folate is a better index of body folate than serum folate. Serum folate fluctuates with diet.

See also - Vitamin B12

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
5 hours
Reference Interval:

 

Serum Folate 8.8 - 60.8 nmol/L