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Test Code CARBZ Carbamazepine Level

Important Note

No add-ons after 8 hours of collection if specimen is still on gel separator.

Clinical System Name

Carbamazepine Level



Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Gold SST, Dark Green/Sodium Heparin, Red, Gold Microtainer, Lt. Green/Li Heparin Microtainer

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL


Note: Method is not affected by hemolysis (hemoglobin <300 mG/dL), icterus (bilirubin <30 mG/dL) or lipemia (triglycerides <200 mG/dL).


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of specimen

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-8oC

Storage location: Core 5 Chemistry Refrigerator


Off-site collection:  Draw specimen just before next dose. Spin blood, freeze serum or plasma.



Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum or Plasma RT

5 D

Serum or Plasma 2-8oC

 5 D

Serum or Plasma -20oC or -70oC

180 D



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617

Reference Range

Therapeutic: 4 - 12 mcg/mL


Method: Multiple Point Rate by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume: 0.06 mL serum or plasma

CPT Codes


Critical Values

≥ 13 mcg/mL