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Test Code CSCME Drug Screen Panel 5, Meconium [454X]

Specimen Required

5 grams meconium

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 g

Specimen Stability

Room temperature: 48 hours Refrigerated: 7 days Frozen: 30 days

Method Name

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) • Immunoassay (IA)


Amphetamines, Cocaine Metabolite, Marijuana, Opiates, PCP (Phencyclidine)

Collection Container / Tube

Other Acceptable Container:

Transport Container

Sterile leak-proof container

Transport / Storage Conditions

Refrigerated (cold packs)

Reference Values

See Laboratory Report

Day(s) Performed

Set up: Mon-Fri a.m.; Report available: 2 days

CPT Codes


Clinical Reference

Strategies to improve the detection and treatment of substance abuse during pregnancy are the focus of growing interest to those involved in perinatal care. Meconium is an effective biological marker of in utero illicit drug exposure, and can provide insights leading to improved neonatal outcomes, as well as provide evidence to ensure appropriate rehabilitation of mothers suffering from addiction.