Name: Ethylene Glycol
Test Name: Ethylene Glycol
Health Link Test Code: HCETGL
LIS Test Code: ETGL
CPT Code(s): 82693
Included In: Ethylene Glycol and Volatile Screen, Adult Ethylene Glycol and Volatile Screen, Pediatrics Ethylene Glycol and Volatile Screen-Chemistries provided
Methodology: Gas Chromatography
For all suspected ingestion cases and after hours testing, please order the Ethylene Glycol and Volatiles (Methanol and Isopropanol) Screen.
Volatiles and Ethylene Glycol testing is performed stat when received between the hours of: 0700-1530 weekdays and limited hours on weekends and holidays.
For more information, please see the test directory entry for Ethylene Glycol and Volatiles Screen.
Days Performed: Mon-Fri, dayshift.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 day.
Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: 2 hours.
Collection Container: Red top
Collection Volume: 3 mL
Pediatric Collection Volume: 1 mL
Sample Analyzed: Serum
Testing Volume: 1 mL
Pediatric Testing Volume: 0.3 mL
Centrifuge as soon as possible. Transfer cell-free serum to plastic vial within 2 hours of collection. Refrigerate.
Transport specimen to laboratory. Transport with coolant pack if coming from clinic location.
Do NOT draw using red cap with yellow ring (SST) top tube.
Lower limit of detection is 2.0 mg/dL. After ingestion of ethylene glycol, the level may reach 500.0 mg/dL.
Interpretation Type: Interpretive Guidelines
Critical Calls: yes
All results will be called. The half-life of ethylene glycol is 3-6 hours. A lethal dose of ethylene glycol is 1-2 mg/kg body weight. Propylene glycol can also be detected by this method.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories. This test meets the standards for clinical testing. This test should not be regarded as investigational or for research use. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or cleared this test; however, the FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.