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Vitamin B12, Folate Panel, Serum
2 mL serum
Serum Separator Tube (SST®)
Refrigerated (cold packs)
Room temperature: 24 hours
Rrefrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 21 days
Set up: Daily; Report available: 1 day
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Folic acid deficiency is common in pregnant women, alcoholics, patients with diets that do not include raw fruits and vegetables, and people with structural damage to the small intestine. The most reliable and direct method of diagnosing folate deficiency is the determination of folate levels in both erythrocytes and serum. Low folic acid levels, however, can also be the result of a primary Vitamin B12 deficiency that decreases the ability of cells to take up folic acid. Vitamin B12 is decreased in pernicious anemia, total or partial gastrectomy, malabsorption and certain congenital biochemical disorders.
Vitamin B12/Folic Acid
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