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Lactate

Alias: Lactic acid

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: The common cause for increased blood lactate is anoxia resulting from such conditions such as convulsions, shock, sepsis, pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Lactate levels in CSF are increased in bacterial meningitis, and any condition associated with reduced oxygenation of the brain.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
N/A
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Grey Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Yellow Top Sarstedt;
Analytes
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
No
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
2ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Take to laboratory immediately.
Maximum add on time
Not allowed
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
RR for Male and Female
0 to 15 - 0.6 - 2.5 mmol/L
16 yrs and above - 0.5 - 2.2 mmol/L
UKAS number
8872
UKAS accredited test?
Yes
Comments
N/A

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Last updated: 03-05-2024