Test Code: 805
Clinical Significance: Measurement of serum salicylate is used to assess potential overdose. Serum level correlates with the degree of toxicity. Salicylates have many systemic and some local uses. The systemic uses include antipyresis, analgesia, acute pheumatic fever, and rheumatoid arthritis. Antipyresis therapy is reserved for patients in whom fever in itself may be deleterious. And as analgesic, it is used to treat headaches, arthiritis, dysmenorrhea, neuralgia and myalgia. In acute rheumatic fever, salicylates suppress the acute exudative inflammatory process of the disease. When treating rheumatoid arthritis it is the standard to which all other drugs are compared for effectiveness. It reduces the inflammation in joint tissue and surrounding structures. It is also successful in treating children with Bartter's Syndrome.
Additional names: Salicylate
Supply: T05 Red Top Tube (NO GEL) 10mL
Preferred Specimen: Serum
Preferred Volume: 2mL
Transport Container: Red Top Tube (NO GEL)
Transport Temperature: Refrigerated
Specimen Stability: Refrigerated: 2 weeks
Reject due: EDTA plasma is not acceptable; Gross hemolysis; Hyperlipemic
Special Instructions: Hemolyzed and lipemic samples should not be used.
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