Bile acids

Alphabetical Test listing

Bile acids-13347

Bile acids
Glyco and taurochenodeoxycholic acid
Glyco and taurocholic acid

Evaluate the enterohepatic cycle consisting of the biliary system, intestine, portal circulation, and hepatocytes.


Patient should be fasting; however, a two-hour postprandial level has been used by various physicians in order to evaluate hepatic function after the gallbladder has been completely emptied (ie, challenge the liver with a high level of bile acids in the portal circulation).

Fasting for a blood test

For women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy who need peak bile acid testing, samples may be taken postprandially.


1.0 mL
0.2 mL
  1. Spin
  2. Transfer 1.0mL  serum or plasma to a Screw-cap polypropylene frozen transport vial/tube - 4mL (LabCorp)
  3. Freeze



EDTA plasma
Heparin plasma

Red serum vial/tube, 5 mL

Lavender (EDTA), 4mL

Dk green heparin (Li or Na), no gel



Frozen (preferred) - 7 days

Refrigerated - 3 days

Ambient - 1 day

Freeze/thaw cycles - stable x 3

  • Transported or received at room temperature
  • Specimens from patients who are on Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA) treatment are not suitable for use with this assay.
    • Instead, use Bile Acids, Fractionated and Total, LC/MS-MS.
LabCorp Burlington (010330): R-LC
Mo - Sa
2 - 3 days



0.0 - 10.0  µmol/L

Result 14628-2