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Glucose in Whole Blood vs Plasma

Purpose:

To adjust glucose levels based on whether whole blood or plasma is the sample.

Specialty:

Endocrinology
Clinical Laboratory

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

E16.2

Description:

In patients with a normal hematocrit, the fasting whole blood glucose is 12-15% less than the plasma glucose. This is due to differences in the water content between the water phase of red blood cells and plasma.

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