Vitamin A, E, and β-Carotene Profile

CPT: 82380; 84446; 84590
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Expected Turnaround Time

4 - 7 days

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Specimen Requirements


Serum, β-Carotene protected from light


Two aliquots: 0.8 mL each

Minimum Volume

Two aliquots: 0.4 mL each


Vitamin A and Vitamin E samples can be shipped in red-top tube or gel-barrier tubes; Beta Carotene should be shipped in amber plastic transport tube with amber top. (If amber tubes are unavailable, cover standard transport tubes completely, top and bottom, with aluminum foil. Identify specimens with the patient's name directly on the containers AND on the outside of the aluminum foil. Secure with tape.) For amber plastic transport tube and amber top, order LabCorp item ID 23598.


If red-top tube is used, transfer separated serum to a plastic transport tube. Beta carotene should be shipped in amber plastic transport tube with amber top.

Storage Instructions

Room temperature. Beta Carotene should be light-protected.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

7 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x6

Patient Preparation

Patient should abstain from alcohol for 24 hours prior to collection. For those who are younger than six months, draw prior to next feeding. Blood should be collected before breakfast in the morning and prior to any medication.

Causes for Rejection

Beta Carotene specimen not protected from light; sample type other than serum received

Test Details


Assess hyper-vitaminosis or vitamin deficiency. See individual test descriptions for more information.


These tests were developed, and their performance characteristics determined, by LabCorp. They have not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Beta Carotene: High-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC); Vitamin A and E: Liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS-MS)


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
144057 Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene 001529 Carotene, Beta ug/dL 2053-7
144057 Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene 142004 Vitamin A ug/dL 2923-1
144057 Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene 070141 Vitamin E(Alpha Tocopherol) mg/L 1823-4
144057 Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene 070142 Vitamin E(Gamma Tocopherol) mg/L 63370-1

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