2 mL (1 mL min.) serum from 1 SST. Ship refrigerated or frozen. Overnight fasting is preferred. Recommended specimen for patient on UDCA treatment: Before morning dose.
Sample Mon through Sat by 4 pm; Report Same day
Total bile acids are metabolized in the liver and can serve as a marker for normal liver function. Increases in serum bile acids are seen in patients with acute hepatitis, chronic hepatitis, liver sclerosis, liver cancer, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. In Obstetric Cholestasis, concentrations greater than 15 Î¼mol L usually confirms the diagnosis in the absence of other hepatic disease. Bile acid concentrations greater than 40 Î¼mol L have been associated with increased fetal risk.
Overnight fasting is preferred. Recommended specimen for patient on UDCA treatment: Before morning dose