Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Amino Acids, Plasma

Test Name: Amino Acids, Plasma
Alternate Name(s): Phenylalanine
Phenylketonuria
PKU
Laboratory: Biochemical Genetics
Specimen Type: 6 mL Green (Sodium or Lithium Heparin) top Vacutainer tube
Collection Information: Minimum volume of plasma required is 0.5 mL.

Ideally collect after a minimum 4 hr. fast.

Store plasma at -20°C and send frozen to Biochemical Genetics.
Requisition:  
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
48 hours
Stat
 
 
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date: 2010-01-15
Revised Date: 2013-08-22
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Quantitative determination of individual amino acids. Useful in screening for inborn errors of metabolism of amino acids. Elevated in a wide variety of inherited metabolic disorders.
Method of Analysis:  
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Store plasma at -20°C and send frozen to Biochemical Genetics
System Codes: 
Cerner
AAP
 
Referred To: Biochemical Genetics Laboratory
London Health Sciences Centre
Victoria Hospital Westminster Tower
Room E3-219
800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario
N6A 5W9

519-685-8500
Joanne ext. 71560
Specimen Receiving ext. 71561
Fax: 519-858-1063

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