Alcohols - plasma

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Item Process
Specimen

5 mL blood in lithium heparin tube.

Method

Gas chromatography.

Reference Interval

Not detected.

Application

Detection of ingestion of ethanol as well as other alcohols (methanol, propanol, butanol). This may be suspected because of the history or clinical features.

Interpretation

Detection of the alcohol indicates that it has been ingested.
See also Ethanol - plasma or blood.

Reference

Livesey JF et al. Clin Chem 1995; 41: 300-305.