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Test Code GLU50C Glucose Post Challenge Dose, LAB2477



Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Green-top (lithium heparin) tube

Acceptable: Gold-top serum gel tube or plain red-top tube

Specimen: 0.1 mL of plasma or serum

Stability: Separated specimens are stable for as long as 8 hours at 25°C and up to 72 hours at 4°C.

Collection Instructions: A 50 g glucose load will be given, then a 1 hour

                                         post dose specimen drawn.

Note: 1. Patient does not need to be fasting.


Reference Values

<140 mg/dL


Critical Lows

0-2 days:  <46 mg/dL

>2 days:  <70 mg/dL

Critical Highs

0-7 days: >200 mg/dL

>1 week: >400 mg/dL

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Saturday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

Glucose tolerance tests have traditionally been used for the diagnosis of reactive hypoglycemia. “Reactive” hypoglycemia is hypoglycemia that occurs following a meal and is classified as alimentary, functional, or that found in diabetics or people with impaired glucose tolerance.