Folate, RBC
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Special Instructions: No vitamins containing folic acid
3-5 days prior to taking this test


Description:
Also known as Vitamin B9, this test aids in the diagnosis of central nervous system disorders and anemia. This important nutrient also plays a significant role in making red blood cells, making DNA, energy level, muscle strength and memory.

Methodology
Immunoassay (IA)

Reference Range(s)
>280 ng/mL RBC

Clinical Significance
Folate levels have diagnostic significance in nutritional deficiencies, especially in cases of severe alcoholism, function damage to the upper third of small bowel, pregnancy and various forms of megoblastic anemia. Since serum folate levels are subject to rapid changes reflecting diet and absorption, RBC folate may be a better diagnostic tool since the levels remain fairly constant.

Alternative Name(s)
Red Blood Cell Folate,RBC Folic Acid,Folic Acid, RBC,Folic Acid,Red Cell Folate,RBC Folate

Results: 3-5 Business Days\Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.