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Levetiracetam - Blood

Source Blood
Mnemonic

LEVET

Specimen Requirements

1 x 4 mL red top tube, NOT SST or 1 x 4 mL lavender top EDTA tube or 1 x 4 mL dark green top sodium heparin tube

1 mL serum or plasma, minimum 0.5 mL

CLS staff: collect specimen and transport to DSC Accession, who will forward specimen to Referrals.

Note to ordering physician: this test requires review and approval by CLS Medical & Scientific Staff. Please contact CLS Referrals at 403-770-3285 for further information on the approval process.

Specimen Handling PSC & RRL:
Centrifuge, pour off, and transport serum or plasma to DSC on ice. Send specimen in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

Extra-regional:
Centrifuge, pour off, and freeze serum or plasma prior to transport to DSC. Send specimen in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

DSC:
Freeze specimens upon receipt in lab; ensure frozen specimens do not thaw.
Additional Information Collect at trough level (i.e. immediately prior to next dose).
Testing Location Quest Diagnostics
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s) Keppra
Reference Interval