Free Fatty Acids
|Epic Lab Code:||LAB3176|
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
|Red top tube|
1 mL serum
Submit specimen to laboratory as soon as possible after collection.
Draw blood in a plain, red-top tube(s) following an overnight (12-14 hour) fast. Patient must not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before the specimen is drawn.
Abnormally high levels of free fatty acids are associated with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and with conditions that involve excessive release of a lipoactive hormone such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, glucagon, thyrotropin, and adrenocortocotropin.
Evaluation of metabolic status of persons with endocrinopathies. Detection of pheochromocytoma and of glucagon-, thyrotropin-, and adrenocorticotropin-secreting tumors.