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Aldosterone  (ALDOST)

Synonyms:  None listed
Specimen:  Blood; (1) SST (serum separator), Red (no preservative) or Purple (EDTA) top vacutainer tube.
                        Volume:  Full primary tube
Minimum Volume:  0.6 mL
Collection:  If tube other than an SST tube is collected, transfer serum or plasma to a tightly capped plastic aliquot tube within 2 hours of collection for transport. Refrigerate at 2-8°C.
Storage:  Refrigerate at 2-8 degrees C
Rejection Criteria:  Recently administered radioisotopes; gross hemolysis; gross lipemia; improper labeling.
Reference Range:  See report
Methodology:  Radioimmunoassay (RIA)
Test Use:  Evaluate patients with hypertension and possible hyperaldosteronism.
Additional Information:  Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid hormone produced in the adrenal zona glomerulosa under complex control by the renin-angiotension system. In order to facilitate interpretation of test reslts, the patient should be taken off medications for at least 3 we
Testing Includes:  Specimen sent to LabCorp. LabCorp test code # 004374.
Testing Facility:  LabCorp