Name: Nicotine (includes Cotinine)
Test Name: Nicotine (includes Cotinine)
Health Link Test Code: HCNCCPNL
LIS Test Code: NCCPNL
CPT Code(s): 80323
Methodology: Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
Days Performed: Mon-Fri, dayshift, as workload dictates.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: 4 - 7 days.
Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Not available stat.
Collection Container: Red top
Collection Volume: 4 mL
Pediatric Collection Volume: 3 mL
Sample Analyzed: Serum
Testing Volume: 2 mL
Pediatric Testing Volume: 1.5 mL
Centrifuge and transfer cell-free serum to plastic vial. Refrigerate.
Transport specimen to laboratory. Transport with coolant pack if coming from clinic location.
Specimens collected in red cap with yellow ring (SST) tubes are not acceptable.
Result of "BELOW DETECTION" indicates that the result is below the method detection limit of 50 ng/mL for nicotine and 50 ng/mL for cotinine.
Nicotine and cotinine will be detected when the patient is using nicotine replacement therapy patches and/or gum. Use of nicotine replacement therapy products must be discontinued for 7 - 10 days in order for the nicotine and cotinine to no longer be detected.
Both nicotine and cotinine values will be reported.
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.