Days Set Up
Monday - Friday, one run per day
Analytic Time

8 hours

MiChart Code
Pyruvic Acid
Soft Order Code

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Enzymatic Colorimetric

Test Usage

Evaluation of metabolic acidosis particularly pyruvic acidosis.

Reference Range

0.03 - 0.13 meq/l (0.03-0.13 mmol/L)

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Pyruvate specimens cannot be drawn at off-site blood draw stations. Onsite Michigan Medicine blood draw stations may obtain pyruvate tubes containing 4 mL of chilled 8% perchloric acid from the chemical pathology laboratory; keep tubes refrigerated until use. Collect and process blood sample according to procedure listed on instruction sheet accompanying collection tubes. Transport specimen to the laboratory IMMEDIATELY following collection. Do not transport Pyruvic Acid specimens via the pneumatic tube system.

Normal Volume
4 mL whole blood
Minimum Volume
2 mL whole blood

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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.