Specimen: 3 mL (1 mL min.) serum from 1 SST. Ship refrigerated or frozen. Wrap in aluminium foil to protect from light. Overnight fasting is preferred.
Stability (Room): 8 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 48 hrs
Stability (Frozen): 8 weeks
Method: Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Comment: Also see FOLATE, SERUM.
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 10 – 15 days
Usage: Vitamin B12 is necessary for hematopoiesis and normal neuronal function. B12 deficiency may be due to lack of intrinsic factor secretion by gastric mucosa (gastrectomy, gastric atrophy) or intestinal malabsorption (ileal resection, small intestinal diseases) leading to Macrocytic anemia. This assay is useful for investigating Macrocytic anemia and as a workup of deficiencies seen in Megaloblastic anemia.
Disease: Nutritional disorders
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: Overnight fasting is preferred. Wrap sample in aluminium foil to protect from light.