Gestational Diabetes Screen (ACOG Recommendations)

CPT 82950
  • Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes (One-hour)

Test Details


Screening test for gestational diabetes

Special Instructions

The patient need not be fasting. The one-hour screen requires a 50-gram oral glucose load or 50-gram "Fresh Test" product ( followed by a plasma glucose determination one hour later. (Refer to Additional Information below.) See the online Endocrine Appendix: Glucose Tolerance: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus for further information regarding glucose tolerance testing.

Test Includes

50-gram one-hour glucose tolerance challenge



Additional Information

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)—whether by patient history, clinical risk factors, or with a 50-gram, one-hour loading test at 24 to 28 weeks of gestation to determine blood glucose levels—and suggests relying on the result of the 100-gram, three-hour oral glucose tolerance test for diagnosis (often referred to as a "two-step" method).2

The American Diabetes Association (ADA)3 released standards that vary from the ACOG recommendations. The ADA recommends a simplified "one-step" approach to the screen and diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus with a 75-gram, two-hour glucose tolerance test. The LabCorp test according to the ADA recommendations is Gestational Glucose Tolerance Screening and Diagnostics Test (Two-hour, ADA Recommendations) [101000]. A glucose tolerance screen glucose threshold >139 mg/dL after a 50-gram load identifies approximately 80% of women with gestational diabetes mellitus, while the sensitivity is further increased to approximately 90% by a threshold >129 mg/dL. Perform a diagnostic 100-gram oral glucose tolerance test (102004) on a separate day on women who exceed the chosen threshold on 50-gram screening.

Specimen Requirements

Information on collection, storage, and volume


Serum or plasma


1 mL serum or plasma each tube

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL serum or plasma each tube


Gel-barrier tube or gray-top (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate plasma) tube

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.1

Causes for Rejection

Frozen gray-top tube (frozen plasma from gray-top is acceptable); stressed patient (surgery, infection, corticosteroids) should not have GTT; specimen not labeled with collection time intervals (i.e., one hour)


Note: A fasting blood sample is not required. Draw one hour specimen after a 50-gram glucose challenge. The patient should remain seated and not smoke throughout the test. Submit 1 mL serum or plasma for one-hour specimen. Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of venipuncture. Gray-top tubes only, may be submitted without centrifugation. Label tube with patient's name and collection time interval (i.e., one-hour).