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Test ID FCARO Carotene, Beta

Useful For

Confirm the diagnosis of carotenoderma; detect fat malabsorption; depressed carotene levels may be found in cases of steatorrhea.

Method Name

High-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)

Reporting Name

Carotene, Beta

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Supplies: Amber vial (T192)

Specimen Type: Serum

Container/Tube: Red

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Draw blood in a plain, red-top tube(s). (Serum gel tube is acceptable.)

Spin Down and send 1 mL of serum ambient in an amber vial (T192) to protect from light.



1. Protect from light within 1 hour of collection.

2. Patient must be fasting overnight (12 hours).

3. Abstain from alcohol for 24 hours prior to collection.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Ambient (preferred) 14 days LIGHT PROTECTED
  Frozen  14 days LIGHT PROTECTED
  Refrigerated  14 days LIGHT PROTECTED

Reference Values

3 - 91 ug/dL

Day(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Report Available

2 to 11 days

Performing Laboratory

LabCorp Burlington

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
FCARO Carotene, Beta 2053-7


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
FCARO Carotene, Beta 2053-7

NY State Approved