Cortisol, LC/MS/MS, Saliva, 2 Samples

The Cortisol, LC/MS/MS, Saliva, 2 Samples test contains 1 test with 4 biomarkers.

Cortisol, LC/MS/MS, Saliva Collection Kit

  1. Pick up the Cortisol, LC/MS/MS, Saliva Collection Kit from the Patient Service Center that is selected when placing the order.
  2. Provide the Patient Requisition to obtain your Kit ((Transport Container  = Salivette® tubes (SARSTEDT))

Patient Preparation

  1. Saliva should be collected as prescribed by your doctor or at the time(s) indicated below.
  2. No food or fluids for 30 minutes prior to collection.
  3. Do not use any creams, lotions, or steroid inhalers immediately prior to collection.
  4. Avoid any activity that can cause your gums to bleed, including brushing and flossing your teeth. Consult with your doctor if this is a chronic problem.
  5. Do not use this kit on children under 3 years of age or any patient with increased risk of swallowing or choking.

Time of Day for Saliva Collection

You must collect saliva two times in one day. The time of day for the two collections should be determined by your physician.

Collection Instructions

  1. Rinse mouth thoroughly with water and discard. Do not swallow.
  2. Hold the Salivette® at the rim of the suspended insert and remove the stopper.
  3. Remove the swab.
  4. Place the swab under the tongue until well saturated, approximately 1 minute.
  5. Return the saturated swab to the suspended insert and close the Salivette® firmly with the stopper.
  6. Do not remove the tube holding the insert. The Salivette® should be returned to the patient service center with the swab inside.
  7. Label each Salivette® as it is collected with the following:
    1. patient name
    2. date of birth (DOB)
    3. date and time of collection
    4. Ulta Lab Test’s client # in the upper right hand corner of the Patient Requisition.
    5. (Note: Each tube must be labeled individually as it is collected)

Return Collected Samples & Patient Requisition Directly to Patient Service Center

  • Return to the Patient Service Center where the test kit was obtained, within 48 hours of the specimen being first collected, each of the two Salivette® with the specimen collected. 
  • Important, please also include the Ulta Lab Tests Patient Requisition for the Cortisol, LC/MS/MS, Saliva, 2 Samples when returning the specimens.

Storage instructions

Specimens can be stored at room temperature prior to returning to the Patient Service Center within 48 hours of collection of the first specimen. 

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.





*Process times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. The lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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