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Test Name: Methanol

Test Code(s): MEOH / HCMEOH

CPT Code(s): 80320

Methodology: Gas Chromatography

Clinical Significance: For all suspected ingestion cases and after hours testing, please order the Ethylene Glycol and Volatiles (Methanol and Isopropanol) Screen.  

Volatiles and Ethylene Glycol testing is performed stat when received between the hours of:
0700-1600 weekdays and limited hours on weekends and holidays.

For more information, please see the test directory entry for Ethylene Glycol and Volatiles Screen.

Days Performed: Daily, dayshift.

Turnaround Time: Stat: 3 hours.
Routine: 24 hours.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood

Collection Instructions: Allow tube to fill completely. Do not open tube.

Collection Container: Preferred: Green top

Collection Volume: Preferred: 1 mL
Pediatrics: 0.5 mL

Sample Analyzed: Whole Blood

Specimen Processing: Do NOT open or centrifuge. Submit whole blood. Refrigerate.

Specimen Transport: Do NOT open tube. Transport specimen to laboratory. Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Stability: Ambient: 1 day
Refrigerated: 3 days
Frozen: 14 days


Interpretive Guidelines:
Clinical intoxication:  20 - 400 mg/dL  
Significant toxicity:   at 20 mg/dL 


Critical Calls: View

Additional Information:

All results will be called. Result of "BELOW" indicates that the result is below method detection limit of 5 mg/dL. Methanol is commonly referred to as wood alcohol or methyl alcohol.


This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories.  This test meets the standards for clinical testing.  This test should not be regarded as investigational or for research use.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or cleared this test; however, the FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.

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