GAMMA-HYDROXYBUTYRIC ACID BY GC/MS, URINE

Code
000.0000
Name
GAMMA-HYDROXYBUTYRIC ACID BY GC/MS, URINE
Category
None
Department
Send-Out
Start Date
Expiration Date
Synonyms
GHB
CPT Codes
82542
Site
SBMF
Reference Test
31181
ATLAS Test Code

Specimen Information

Type

Urine, random

Volume

10.0 ml

Transport Info

Refrigerated

Fasting Required?
False
Patient Instructions

Reference Range

Negative (less than 10 µg/Ml

Methodology

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

Clinical Significance

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a naturally occurring substance present in the tissues of humans and other mammals. GHB may be synthesized as a sodium salt and used as a rapid acting anesthetic and hypnotic agent. Currently, legitimate use of synthesized GHB in the United States is limited to investigational purposes only. However, GHB has been marketed illicitly since the 1990s. GHB has been used by athletes to increase muscle mass and more recently as a club drug in "rave" clubs along with other club drugs such as LSD, MDMA and Rohypnol®. The effects of GHB when taken orally are dose dependent and range from dizziness, euphoria, and mild sedation to levels of deep sleep.

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