Lactic Acid Blood Test
Test Code: 004770
Specimen Type: Blood
Lactic Acid Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures the level of Lactic Acid in the blood. Lactic acid is produced by muscle tissues and red blood cells. Typically, lactic acid levels increase when the flow of blood or oxygen through the body is lower than normal. Some of the most common conditions which result in higher lactic acid levels include shock, heart failure, and sepsis. Liver disease can also cause elevated Lactic acid levels because the liver normally breaks down lactic acid. Symptoms which are often associated with abnormal lactic acid include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, paleness, sweating, nausea, weakness, and abdominal pain.
A lactic acid test is typically ordered when someone has symptoms related to heart attack or heart failure, sepsis, liver or kidney failure, or uncontrolled diabetes. It may be ordered with other common tests such as a CBC and CMP to aid in diagnosing a person's condition. When someone has a condition resulting in high lactic acid levels, the test may also be ordered to monitor their treatment.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 business days.
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The donor should be fasting for at least 8 hours prior to specimen collection and be in a resting state with no recent exercise.