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CPT Code(s)


Preferred Specimen(s)

0.5 mL saliva collected in a Salivette(R) tube only.
Call 1-800-LAB-XCEL to order the Salivette(R) tubes
(Order number 140076).
1. Collect saliva at the times prescribed by your
doctor. Saliva should be collected before you brush
your teeth in the morning . During the day, saliva
should be collected no earlier than 30 minutes after
eating or drinking.
2. Hold the Salivette(R) at the rim of the suspended
insert ad remove the stopper.
3. Remove the swab from the Salivette(R).
4. Collect the saliva by gently chewing on the swab for
one minute or keep the swab in your mouth until you feel
that you can no longer prevent yourself from swallowing
the saliva produced.
5. Return the saturated swab to the suspended insert
and close the Salivette(R) firmly with the stopper.
6. If the specimen cannot reach the laboratory
immediately after collection, the specimen must be
stored refrigerated.
If collecting multiple samples, submit each collection
on a separate requisition, with the time collected
recorded on the requisition and the specimen collection

Minimum Volume

0.2 mL saliva

Specimen Stability

Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen:2 years


Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)

Performing Laboratory

Nichols Institute, San Juan Capistrano

Setup Days

Set up: Sun-Thurs p.m.; Report available: 6 days

Reference Range(s)

8-10 AM: 0.04-0.56 mcg/dL
4-6 PM: < OR = 0.15 mcg/dL
10-11 PM: < OR = 0.09 mcg/dL

LOINC®' Code(s)

The Result and LOINC information listed below should not be used for electronic interface maintenance with Quest Diagnostics. Please contact the Quest Diagnostics Connectivity Help Desk for more information at 800-697-9302.

NOTE: The codes listed in the table below are not orderable Test Codes.

Result NameLOINC CodeComponent Name
10087SALIVARY CORTISOL2142-8Cortisol

Reference ranges are provided as general guidance only. To interpret test results use the reference range in the laboratory report.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

LOINC assignment is based on a combination of test attributes, including the method used by the performing laboratory. For tests not performed by Quest Diagnostics, codes are assigned by the performing laboratory.

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