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Prolactin

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Diagnostic use in the quantitative determination of prolactin in serum.

Methodology: Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Performed: Sun-Sat
Reported: 1-2 days
Specimen Required: Collect: Serum Separator Tube (SST) 

Specimen Preparation: Allow blood samples to clot (15 mins). Separate the serum from the cells by centrifuging for 10 minutes. Store serum at 2-8°C until analysis.
Storage/Transport Temperature: Refrigerated 
Stability: Tightly cap and refrigerate specimens at 2 to 8°C if the assay is not completed within 8 hours. Freeze samples at or below -20°C if the sample is not assayed within 48 hours.  

NOTE: * This test is approved for all states. * 

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CPT Code(s): 84146
Cross Reference: Prolactin, Dilution Study (Prolactin)

Reference ranges:
Adults:
Expected Results The expected results for the Prolactin assay were previously established. Data was obtained on serum samples from 661 apparently healthy individuals. Based on a central 95% interval, the following reference ranges were established: 
Category                    N                             Mean (ng/mL)         Range (ng/mL)          Mean (µIU/mL)         Range (µIU/mL) 
Females
Nonpregnant
                                 202                                 9.6                           2.8–29.2                   204                               59–619 
Pregnant  
                                 216                                 61.7                         9.7–208.5                 1308                             206–4420 
Postmenopausal
                                 104                                 6.9                           1.8–20.3                   146                               38–430 
Males                              
                                 139                                 7.0                           2.1–17.7                   148                               45–375 
These results were confirmed for the Prolactin assay by analyzing 279 samples in the range of 1.4 to 185.1 ng/mL (29.3 to 3925.0 μIU/mL). 

Reportable range: 
0.3 – 200 ng/mL. 
Values greater than 200 ng/mL will be reported as >200 ng/mL 
LIMITATIONS: Pregnancy, lactation, and the administration of oral contraceptives can increase prolactin concentrations. .

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