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Vanderbilt Pathology Laboratory Services

News and Updates

Below, you will find recent updates to our test directory.  New or inactived tests and changes to existing tests will be posted according to date.  Click on the test name to see complete information in the directory.

CHEMISTRY REFERENCE RANGE UPDATES - REVISED 11/18/2013

Click here to see a detailed reference range information document.
Questions? – Please Contact Lab Client Services

On Campus: 5-LABS Local: 875-5227 VPLS: 1-800-551-5227, x1


 

VITAMIN B12 UPDATE - RED TOP TUBE ONLY

Effective 1/20/2014, Vanderbilt Laboratory is changing the acceptable tube type for Vitamin B12 Testing to Red Top tubes only. This change is necessary due to an artifact identified in the green/mint top tubes that caused occasional spuriously high results. To help insure the most accurate laboratory testing for our patients, green/mint top tubes will no longer be an acceptable specimen for B12 testing. Please contact Lab Client Services at 5-LABS (875-5227) for additional information or assistance.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT A VITAMIN B12 TEST INFORMATION SHEET


 

MULTI-STATE MENINGITIS OUTBREAK
WEB LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION:
Click Here to view up-to-date meningitis outbreak information from the CDC

VANDERBILT DEPARTMENT OF INFECTION CONTROL AND PREVENTION:

Click Here to visit the Dept. of Infection Control & Prevention web site

EXTENDED INCUBATION TIME FOR CSF FUNGUS CULTURES
CSF Fungus Cultures are now being incubated for SIX weeks
before a final result of NEGATIVE is reported.

CLICK HERE FOR A CSF FUNGUS CULTURE TEST INFORMATION UPDATE SHEET


01/14/2013

Test Alert- New Specimen Requirements 
PRP - PARATHYROID RELATED PROTEIN
GGN - GLUCAGON
VOP - VASOACTIVE INTESTINAL PEPTIDE

A special protease inhibitor collection tube is now required for these assays. In addition, a special collection protocol (winged butterfly collection set) is required to prevent possible patient contact with protease inhibitor additive.

Collection kits with tube and instruction sheet are available from Vanderbilt Laboratories.
VUMC locations: call x3-9155 for collection kits.
VPLS Clients: call 1-800-551-5227, x3 for collection kits.


5/09/2011


TEST INFORMATION UPDATE - HEPATITIS C RIBA ASSAY NOW AVAILABLE
VPLS TEST CODE: HCR

THE REAGENT ISSUE HAS BEEN RESOLVED AND HEPATITIS C RIBA TESTING IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM OUR REFERENCE LABORATORY.

CLICK HERE FOR HCR TEST DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Please call the VPLS Business Office at 1-800-551-5227 for additional information or assitance.


9/21/2009


H1N1 PCR TESTING NOW AVAILABLE AT VANDERBILT - The Vanderbilt Molecular Infectious Disease Lab now offers PCR testing specific for H1N1 influenza. The VPLS TEST CODE  is H1N. Currently, testing is performed on  M, W, F. The preferred specimen is Nasopharyngeal Swab in Viral Transport Media, but other respiratory samples may also be accepted.

 


12/10/2008


Vitamin D Test Information;
 Vanderbilt established new send-out tests for both
25-Hydroxy and 1,25-Dihydroxy Vitamin D Levels, to be analyzed by LC-MS/MS. The  new LC-MS/MS method is more sensitive and specific, allowing for detection and quantification of both 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D2 (25-Hydroxyergocalciferol) and D3 (25-Hydroxycholecalciferol). This information is essential to patients undergoing therapy for Vitamin D deficiency who are taking higher doses (~50,000 IU) of Vitamin D2.

 


 


10/9/2008


Thin Prep Pap:
Click here for information on use of lubrication during thin prep pap collection.


2/20/2008

 


Updated Test Information:

Alpha Fetoprotein amniotic fluid, Test code: AAF
Amniotic fluid AFP with a positive screen (MoM > 2.5) will automatically reflex to Acetylcholinesterase testing.


The College of American Pathologists (CAP) recommends that all abnormal amniotic fluid Alpha Fetoprotein (AAF) results be confirmed by measuring acetylcholinesterase (ACHE) in the amniotic fluid.  Therefore, we have implemented the policy that all positive AAF specimens will automatically be sent out for confirmatory ACHE testing.

 


12/18/2007


 

New Test:

Troponin-I, Test Code: TRI    
**This test is replacing Troponin-T**  
Required specimen has changed to:  Light green PST tube.

For more information: 
Troponin Information Sheet
                                                Circulation Journal Article
                                                ACC / AHA Guideline Revision
                                                Annals of Internal Medicine Journal Article
                                               Clinical Chemistry Journal Article

Updated Test Information:
CK-MB, Test Code: MB
Required specimen has changed to: Light green PST tube.


12/14/2007


Updated Test Information:

CK Blood, Test Code: CPK
The alternate specimen that is acceptable for this test has been changed from a red top tube to a dark green tube.   The preferred specimen (light green gel) has not changed
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11/26/2007

New Tests:

BRAF V600E Gene Mutation, Test Code: V6A 

BRAF V600E Gene Mutation Sequencing, Test Code: V6S

Hereditary Pancreatitis  (Mutations: N29I, A16V, D22G and K23R), Test Code: HP3 **This test is replacing HP2**


Updated Test Information
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Hereditary Pancreatitis (Mutation R122H), Test Code: HTP
   Acceptable specimen types are: Blood, Chorionic Villi, cultured cells, tissue or purified DNA.

IgH Gene Rearrangement by PCR, Test Code: IGR
   CSF has been added as an acceptable specimen type.

T-Cell Clonality, Test Code: TCC
   CSF has been added as an acceptable specimen type.


10/23/2007

New Tests

Anti Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 Antibodies, Test Code:  BGP


Updated Test Information
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Lupus Anticoagulant Profile, Test Code:  LUP
   Profile now includes Anti Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 Antibodies (BGP)


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