Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)

Cleveland HeartLab G, Test

NEW YORK DOH APPROVED: YES
CPT Code: 82977
Order Code: C165
ABN Requirement:  No
Synonyms: γ-glutamyl transferase; Gamma-glutamyl Transpeptidase; GGTP; Gamma GT; GTP; GGT
Specimen: Serum or EDTA Plasma
Volume: 0.5 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.2 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST, Tiger Top) or EDTA (Lavender Top) tube

Collection:

Serum:

  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

EDTA Plasma:

  1. Draw and gently invert 8 to 10 times.
  2. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.
  3. Pre-squeeze transfer pipet bulb and draw off approximately 2/3 of the upper plasma layer.
    Note: This ensures that the buffy coat and red cells remain undisturbed.
  4. Aliquot plasma into labeled transport tube and cap tightly. Discard original tube.
  5. Store transport tube refrigerated at 2-8°C until ready to ship.

Transport: Store serum or EDTA plasma at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions provided with the Cleveland HeartLab shipping box.

Stability:

Ambient (15-25°C): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C): 1 year
Deep Frozen (-70°C): 1 year

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum or EDTA plasma; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits

Methodology: Enzymatic Colorimetric Assay

Turn Around Time: 1 to 5 days

Reference Range:

Gender U/L
Male 8-61
Female 5-36

Intended Use: A g-glutamyl transferase test can be used to differentiate between liver and bone disease as a cause for elevated alkaline phosphatase (ALP), to identify liver damage and to screen for chronic alcohol abuse.

Limitations: In very rare cases gammopathy may cause unreliable results.

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