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Ethylene Glycol
Test Code: VEG
Synonyms/Keywords
​Antifreeze
Test Components
​Ethylene glycol
Species
Bovine, Canine, Equine, Feline, Other
Test Category
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
​Whole Blood ​Red Top Tube (RTT)

 

​1 mL ​0.5 mL
Collection Processing Instructions
DO NOT USE SERUM SEPARATOR TUBE OR PLASMA SEPARATOR TUBE. Do not open collection tube. Keep specimen tightly capped until time of analysis.
Acceptable Specimen Types
​Whole Blood
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
​Blood ​Ambient, Refrigerated (preferred), Frozen ​14 days
Rejection Criteria
Serum Separator Tubes (SST)
​Lithium-heparin Plasma Separator Tube (PST)
​Gross Icterus
​Mild or Gross Hemolysis
​Gross Lipemia
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Marshfield ​Monday through Friday ​2 to 4 hours ​Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) using selected ion monitoring
Marshfield Center Laboratory Section
Test Information

Ethylene glycol is found most commonly in antifreeze, automotive cooling systems, and hydraulic brake fluid. In an industrial setting it is also used as a solvent in a variety of processes. Most cases of ethylene glycol poisoning are due to accidental ingestion as the substance has a pleasant taste. Renal failure, acidosis and hypocalcimia may follow the intake of ethylene glycol. There can be widespread tissue injury in the kidney, brain, liver and blood vessels. The result can be fatal.

NOTE: This test is not available STAT.

Reference Intervals
Performing Location Reference Intervals
​Marshfield ​Negative. Positives are reported with a quantitative GCMS result.
Synonyms/Keywords
​Antifreeze
Test Components
​Ethylene glycol
Species
Bovine, Canine, Equine, Feline, Other
Test Category
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
​Whole Blood ​Red Top Tube (RTT)

 

​1 mL ​0.5 mL
Collection Processing Instructions
DO NOT USE SERUM SEPARATOR TUBE OR PLASMA SEPARATOR TUBE. Do not open collection tube. Keep specimen tightly capped until time of analysis.
Acceptable Specimen Types
​Whole Blood
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
​Blood ​Ambient, Refrigerated (preferred), Frozen ​14 days
Rejection Criteria
Serum Separator Tubes (SST)
​Lithium-heparin Plasma Separator Tube (PST)
​Gross Icterus
​Mild or Gross Hemolysis
​Gross Lipemia
Test Information

Ethylene glycol is found most commonly in antifreeze, automotive cooling systems, and hydraulic brake fluid. In an industrial setting it is also used as a solvent in a variety of processes. Most cases of ethylene glycol poisoning are due to accidental ingestion as the substance has a pleasant taste. Renal failure, acidosis and hypocalcimia may follow the intake of ethylene glycol. There can be widespread tissue injury in the kidney, brain, liver and blood vessels. The result can be fatal.

NOTE: This test is not available STAT.

Reference Intervals
Performing Location Reference Intervals
​Marshfield ​Negative. Positives are reported with a quantitative GCMS result.
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Marshfield ​Monday through Friday ​2 to 4 hours ​Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) using selected ion monitoring
Laboratory Section
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.