Lactic acid is the endproduct of the anaerobic metabolism of glucose. The blood lactic acid concentration is affected by its production in muscle cells and erythrocytes and its rate of metabolism in the liver. During exercise, blood lactate can increase up to ten times of normal levels.
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- Fasting Required: NO
- Patient Preparation: Sample should be collected without the use of a tourniquet, avoid hand-clenching. If a tourniquet has been used, it should be released for one minute prior to drawing blood. Collected blood should be cooled on ice immediately and separated from the cells within 3 hours.
- Preferred Specimen: Plasma
- Reference Range(s): 4-16 mg/dL
- Limitations: Spironolactone and some herbal drugs may interfere with this test.
- Turnaround Time: 3 Days
- Test Code: 585