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Test Code 108 Albumin

Important Note

Use code V08 for veterinary specimens.

Additional Codes


PowerChart: Albumin Level

MA Cerner: Albumin.

Specimen Requirement

0.5 mL lithium heparin plasma or serum is required. (MA only: EDTA plasma is also acceptable)

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Collect blood in a lithium heparin, green-top or red-top tube. PST and SST (gel tubes) are acceptable. Serum or plasma should be separated from contact with the cells within 2 hours of collection. Specimens not centrifuged within 4 hours of collection may be rejected. Refrigerate the specimen if unable to assay within 8 hours of collection.

Useful For

Plasma or serum levels of albumin are frequently used to assess nutritional status.


Testing is performed Monday through Sunday.

Routine orders: Typically completed within 4 hours; Mercy DV within 24 hours

Expedite orders: Typically completed within 1 hour after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

STAT orders: Typically completed within 30 minutes after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

CPT Code Information

82040 Chemistry: Albumin; serum, plasma or whole blood

LOINC Code Information

1751-7 Albumin [Mass/Volume] In Serum Or Plasma

Test Method

MercyOne: Bromcresol Purple Timed Endpoint; Beckman DXC880i

MA: Enzymatic Colorimetric Method; Roche Cobas 6000

Reference Values

3.3-5.2 gm/dL