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Lithium

Alternate names:
Li, Lithicarb
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
LI
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

Do not use a Lithium heparin (green top) tube

For assay of therapeutic levels, specimen should be collected at least twelve hours after last dose

State dosage and collection times on the request form

Minimum Adult Volume:
1 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
0.5 mL
Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
4 hours
Reference Interval:

Therapeutic Range: 0.6 - 0.8 mmol/L