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Osteocalcin

Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:OSTEOCALC
Specimen Types:Plasma
Container Types:
EDTA 3 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:

Avoid hemolysis. Erythrocytes contain proteases which degrade Osteocalcin.  Centrifuge specimens immediately.

EDTA plasma preferred specimen for analysis.

EDTA plasma samples stable 2 days at 15-25C, 3 days at 2-8C, 3 mths at -20C. Feeze only once.

 

Serum levels reflect the extent of laying down of bone matrix. Useful in monitoring when this is affected by disease or drug therapy.

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Room Temperature
Assay Frequency:Weekly
Additional Notes:

Melbourne Health Pathology ceased Osteocalcin testing from 1/3/2019.

Contact Chemical Pathologist for any queries.