Sample type: Plasma
Test name: Ammonia
Condition / Indication: Encephalopathy
Special precautions & notes: Contact with laboratory is essential before taking specimen. Please send sample immediately packed in ice. Note: ice is available at Gate 8B, Gate 35 ED, Gate 37 ICU.
Reference range: less than 28 days: <100 umol/L, 29+ days (infants, children and adults): <50 umol/L. Guidelines for the investigation of Hyperammonaemia are available via: http://www.bimdg.org.uk/site/guidelines.asp
Container: EDTA (Lavender top)
Alternative container: None.
Ideal volume (mL): 1 mL
Referred outside NBT for analysis? No
Discipline: Clinical Biochemistry
Section: Automated Laboratory
Turnaround time: 2 hours
Further information: Serum samples and those collected into any anticoagulant except EDTA are not suitable for analysis.