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26202 Tobramycin, Trough, Serum (TOBTA)

Tobramycin, Trough, Serum (TOBTA)
Test Code: TOBTASO
Synonyms/Keywords

​Antibiotic Assay
Antimicrobial Assay
Antimicrobial Assay, Tobramycin
Nebcin (Tobramycin Sulfate Injection)
Tobramycin, Trough, Serum

Useful For

​Monitoring adequate clearance of tobramycin near the end of a dosing cycle

Specimen Requirements
Specimen TypePreferred Container/TubeAcceptable Container/TubeSpecimen VolumeSpecimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Serum​​Serum Separator Tube (SST)​Red Top Tube (RTT)​0.5 mL​0.25 mL
Collection Processing Instructions

Collection Instructions:

1. Draw blood no more than 30 minutes before next scheduled dose.

2. Serum gel tubes should be centrifuged within 2 hours of collection.

3. Red-top tubes should be centrifuged and aliquoted within 2 hours of collection.

Specimen Stability Information
Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
​Serum ​ ​​Refrigerated (preferred)​7 days
​Frozen​28 days
​Ambient​72 hours
Rejection Criteria
Gross Hemolysis
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing LocationDay(s) Test PerformedAnalytical TimeMethodology/Instrumentation
​Mayo Clinic Laboratories​Monday through Sunday​1-2 days​Immunoassay
Reference Lab
Test Information

​Tobramycin is an antibiotic used to treat life-threatening blood infections by gram-negative bacilli, particularly Citrobacter freundii, Enterobacter (all species), Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Providencia stuartii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Serratia species. It is often used in combination with beta-lactam therapy.

A tobramycin minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of less than 4.0 mcg/mL is considered susceptible for gram-negative bacilli, while a MIC of greater than 8.0 mcg/mL is considered resistant.

Toxicities include ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity. This risk is enhanced in presence of other ototoxic or nephrotoxic drugs. Monitoring of serum levels, renal function, and symptoms consistent with ototoxicity is important. For longer durations of use, audiology and vestibular testing should be considered at baseline and periodically during therapy.

Reference Range Information
Performing LocationReference Range
​Mayo Clinic Laboratories

​Therapeutic:  < 2.0 mcg/mL

Toxic:  > 2.0 mcg/mL

Interpretation

​Goal levels depend on the type of infection being treated. Goal trough levels should be below 2.0 mcg/mL for conventional (nonpulse) dosing. Prolonged exposure to trough levels exceeding 2.0 mcg/mL may lead to toxicity.

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QuantityDescriptionComments
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Synonyms/Keywords

​Antibiotic Assay
Antimicrobial Assay
Antimicrobial Assay, Tobramycin
Nebcin (Tobramycin Sulfate Injection)
Tobramycin, Trough, Serum

Ordering Applications
Ordering ApplicationDescription
​COM​Tobramycin, Trough, Serum
​Cerner​Tobramycin, Trough, S (TOBTA)
​Centricity​Tobramycin, Trough, S (TOBTA)
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Specimen Requirements
Specimen TypePreferred Container/TubeAcceptable Container/TubeSpecimen VolumeSpecimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Serum​​Serum Separator Tube (SST)​Red Top Tube (RTT)​0.5 mL​0.25 mL
Collection Processing

Collection Instructions:

1. Draw blood no more than 30 minutes before next scheduled dose.

2. Serum gel tubes should be centrifuged within 2 hours of collection.

3. Red-top tubes should be centrifuged and aliquoted within 2 hours of collection.

Specimen Stability Information
Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
​Serum ​ ​​Refrigerated (preferred)​7 days
​Frozen​28 days
​Ambient​72 hours
Rejection Criteria
Gross Hemolysis
Useful For

​Monitoring adequate clearance of tobramycin near the end of a dosing cycle

Reference Range Information
Performing LocationReference Range
​Mayo Clinic Laboratories

​Therapeutic:  < 2.0 mcg/mL

Toxic:  > 2.0 mcg/mL

Interpretation

​Goal levels depend on the type of infection being treated. Goal trough levels should be below 2.0 mcg/mL for conventional (nonpulse) dosing. Prolonged exposure to trough levels exceeding 2.0 mcg/mL may lead to toxicity.

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Performing Laboratory Information
Performing LocationDay(s) Test PerformedAnalytical TimeMethodology/Instrumentation
​Mayo Clinic Laboratories​Monday through Sunday​1-2 days​Immunoassay
Reference Lab
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Outreach CPTs
CPTModifier
(if needed)
QuantityDescriptionComments
​80200​1
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