Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hours
Analytic Time

4 hours

MiChart Code
Volatile Compounds
Soft Order Code
ALCO

Test Updated:

Synonyms

Acetone
Alcohol Screen
Ethanol
Ethyl Alcohol
Ethylene Glycol
Glycol
Isopropanol
Isopropyl Alcohol
Methanol
Methyl Alcohol
Toxicology, Volatile Screen
Volatiles Group Toxicology
ETOH
MEOH
ISOH
ETHANOL
METHANOL
ISOPROPANOL
VOLATILE GROUP SCREEN
ETH GLY
ETOH
ISOH
MEOH
ETHYLENE GLYCOL
ACETONE LEVEL
ETHANOL RESULT
METHANOL LEVEL
ISOPROPANOL LEVEL
ETHYLENE GLYCOL LEVEL

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Gas Chromatography (GC)

Test Usage

Evaluate methanol and isopropanol toxicity, alcohol (ethanol) drug abuse, and ethylene glycol toxicity. Acetone is a metabolite of isopropanol and may be elevated in cases of acute isopropanol ingestion. In diabetic ketoacidosis acetone can also be found in serum concentrations up to 70 mg/dL.

Reference Range

Normal Ranges: None present
Toxic ranges:
Ethanol > 450 mg/dL
Isopropanol > 340 mg/dL
Methanol > 20 mg/dL
Acetone > 20 mg/dL
Ethylene Glycol > 30 mg/dL

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Whole blood, serum, plasma, or vitreous humor. Do not use isopropyl alcohol swab to collect specimen.

Collection Offsite

Collect blood in green top tube. Do not remove stopper from collection tube. Refrigerate and send intact specimen. Gray top (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate), Red top, SST top, or Lavender top tubes are also acceptable. Other specimen types: Collect or place in clean plastic container, close tightly, and refrigerate. Assay can be performed on whole blood, serum, plasma, gastric washings, or vitreous humor.

Normal Volume
1 mL serum or plasma
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL serum or plasma

Billing Information

CPT Code
80320
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
Z6-7

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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.