Cotinine - urine

Last updated: Wednesday, 14, April, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

Random urine.

Method

Immunoassay, GCMS.

Reference Interval

Not detected in non-smokers unless in an environment with much cigarette smoke.

Application

Detection of nicotine intake, usually in patients on a non-smoking programme.

Interpretation

The test may remain positive for some days after the last cigarette.

Passive smoking does not give rise to high levels, although a trace may be detected.

Reference

Tricker AR. Toxicology. 2003; 183(1-3): 151-73.