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Test Code BNP Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP), LAB106



Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube: Lavender-top (EDTA) tube (only acceptable specimen)
Specimen Volume: 100 uL of EDTA plasma

Stability :Centrifuge and perform testing immediately or separate the plasma from the cells immediately for transport.  Store separated plasma samples at 2-8ºC, and test within 24 hours of collection.  If samples cannot be tested within the above timeframe, plasma should be separated and frozen for up to 9 months at -20ºC or below in plastic tubes.  Samples may undergo up to 4 freeze/thaw cycles without degradation.  Samples should be tested within 8 hours after thawing.

Collection Instructions: Samples should be collected in plastic tubes only because the BNP molecule has been shown to be unstable in glass containers.

Reference Values

<2-100 pg/mL

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

The BNP test is used as an aid in the diagnosis and assessment of severity of heart failure