This test measures the level of folate, one of the B vitamins, in the blood.
This test checks the level of folate (one of the B vitamins) in your blood. It is often done with vitamin B12 testing to help determine the cause of certain anemias. Folate and vitamin B12 are two vitamins that cannot be produced in the body and must be supplied by the diet. The body needs these two vitamins to:
Folate, also sometimes called folic acid, is found in:
Spinach, liver and brussel sprouts are especially high in folate.
Folate and vitamin B12 testing may be recommended if you have anemia and/or symptoms of a deficiency, such as:
Most people who have symptoms due to B12 and/or folate deficiency will also have anemia. However, sometimes signs of a deficiency can occur without anemia.
The blood sample is usually taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm or by pricking a finger.
This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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