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Vitamin A, E, and Beta Carotene Profile

Test ID: 


CPT code:

82380, 84446, 84590


Vitamin A, E, and β-Carotene Profile

Clinical Use:

Assess hyper-vitaminosis or vitamin deficiency. See individual test descriptions for more information.

Specimen Type:

Serum, β-Carotene protected from light

Requested Volume: 

Two aliquots: 0.8 mL each

Minimum Volume: 

Two aliquots: 0.4 mL each

Container Type: 

Vitamin A and Vitamin E samples can be shipped in red-top tube or gel-barrier tubes; Beta Carotene should be shipped in amber plastic transport tube with amber top. (If amber tubes are unavailable, cover standard transport tubes completely, top and bottom, with aluminum foil. Identify specimens with the patient’s name directly on the containers AND on the outside of the aluminum foil. Secure with tape.) For amber plastic transport tube and amber top, order.

Patient Preparation: 

Patient should fast for 12 hours and abstain from alcohol for 24 hours prior to collection. For those who are younger than six months, draw prior to next feeding. Blood should be collected before breakfast in the morning and prior to any medication.


If red-top tube is used, transfer separated serum to a plastic transport tube. Beta carotene should be shipped in amber plastic transport tube with amber top.

Storage Instructions:

Room temperature. Beta Carotene should be light-protected.

Stability Requirements:



Room temperature

7 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x6

Rejection Criteria

Beta Carotene specimen not protected from light; sample type other than serum received

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