Biocellular Assessment(BCA) – Patient Instructions

You have been scheduled for a test called a “Biocellular Assessment” or “BCA”. This laboratory test will be providing valuable information about the underlying biochemistry of your body. This test analyzes small amounts of your blood, urine, and saliva. In order to assure accurate BCA results, it is very important for you to follow the instructions below.

  • Fast for 12-14 hours prior to your test. In order to do so, please complete your dinner the evening prior to your test no later than 5:00-6:00 p.m. After dinner, brush your teeth and refrain from eating or drinking anything until after your test. (This includes chewing gun, candy, and water) If you are presently on any type of regular medications (example: blood pressure medicine or insulin), take your medications as prescribed with only a small amount of water.
  • Refrain from using any toothpaste, mouthwashes, or mouth rinses at both bedtime and the morning of your test. Also, avoid use of any lipstick or makeup around your mouth and lips. Such substances can change the chemistry of your mouth and your saliva.
  • On the morning of your test, obtain a sample of your first morning urine. Try to obtain a mid-stream specimen; (urinate a small amount first, and then obtain the remaining urine in your specimen cup). If a specimen cup was not provided for you in time for your test, thoroughly wash a glass jar and lid (in the dishwasher is best) and bring that into the office instead. Some individuals may have to get up during the night or early morning to urinate. If this happens to you at 4:00 a.m. or later, collect this urine in your specimen cup and keep refridgerated.
  • When you arrive at our office, a small amount of blood will be tested. A specimen cup will also be given to you to collect a small amount of your saliva. Swallow any saliva that may already be in your mouth. Close your mouth gently and allow saliva to accumulate. Expectorate into the cup. Do not bring up post-nasal drip.
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