Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hours
Analytic Time

STAT 1 hour, Routine 4 hours

MiChart Code
PTT
Soft Order Code
PTT

Test Updated:

Synonyms

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
APTT
PTT
PARTIAL THROMBOPLASTIN TIME
aPTT

Looking to order a test?

We’ve provided helpful links to make ordering easy.

Find a Requisition

All specimens should be accompanied by a requisition.

Submitting Specimens

Learn about how to properly label and where to ship specimens.

Order Kits and Supplies

MLabs provides all the supplies necessary for the collection of specimens.

Test FAQ

Visit our provider FAQ and learn about common questions to ordering tests.

Test Overview

Test Methodology

Photo-optical clot determination

Test Usage

Evaluation of intrinsic coagulation system, aid in screening for presence of classical hemophilia A and B, Christmas disease, congenital deficiencies of factors II, V, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII, dysfibrinogenemia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, liver failure, congenital hypofibrinogenemia, vitamin K deficiency, congenital deficiency of Fitzgerald factor and prekallikrein.

Reference Range

21 - 29 seconds. If the aPTT is being used to monitor heparin, the current applicable heparin nomogram should be used.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in a blue top (citrate 3.2%) tube. Mix by inversion. Specimen should arrive at lab within 3 hours of collection; transport at room temperature. Alternatively, centrifuge, aliquot plasma into a plastic tube, and freeze the specimen within 4 hours of collection. Transport frozen specimen on dry ice. Collection of the blood through lines that have been previously flushed with heparin should be avoided. If the blood must be drawn through a VAD (vascular access device), the line should be flushed with 5 mL of saline and the first 5 mL of blood or six dead space volumes of the VAD discarded.

Blue Top Tube
Normal Volume
Full 2.7mL tube or 1mL plasma aliquot
Minimum Volume
Full 1.8mL tube or 1mL plasma aliquot

Billing Information

CPT Code
85730
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
 

Have More Questions?

Explore our helpful billing resources:

Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.