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Ethylene Glycol & Diethylene Glycol

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: In cases of suspected ethylene glycol ingestion (in antifreeze, coolant, brake fluid etc) Toxic features: vomiting, convulsions, metabolic acidosis, tachycardia, cardiac failure, renal failure and hypocalcaemia.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
** Please note only a Fluoride Oxalate tube (adult grey top tube) can be accepted. **
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Grey Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Yellow Top Sarstedt;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
2 ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Take sample >2hours after ingestion.
Please contact the laboratory about sending a request, as we have to arrange an urgent courier to Birmingham.
**Take blood into a fluoride oxalate (adult grey top) tube only. We cannot accept adult SST/Gold top tubes.**
Please provide full clinical details.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Please see the report.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?
**Please phone the Duty Biochemist (ext 3047) to discuss the case.**

If you have any queries about a test or results interpretation please contact us.

Last updated: 03-05-2024