Folate levels have diagnostic significance in nutritional deficiencies, especially in cases of severe alcoholism, function damage to the upper third of small bowel, pregnancy and various forms of megoblastic anemia. Since serum folate levels are subject to rapid changes reflecting diet and absorption, RBC folate may be a better diagnostic tool since the levels remain fairly constant.
Alternative Names(s): Folic Acid, Red Cell Folate
A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.
Patient should not have vitamins containing folic acid during the previous three to five days; if so, consult physician before discontinuing.
Estimated turnaround for results is 4 business days. If confirmation testing is required, the estimated time may be extended.