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Acyl carnitines, blood spot

Clinical Background:

Blood acylcarnitine analysis allows diagnosis of fatty acid oxidation disorders and some organic acid disorders. Interpretation of an acylcarnitine profile depends on both quantitation and pattern ...

Blood acylcarnitine analysis allows diagnosis of fatty acid oxidation disorders and some organic acid disorders. Interpretation of an acylcarnitine profile depends on both quantitation and pattern recognition. Profiles are interpreted in the light of clinical details.

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Test Details

  • Discipline:

    Biochemistry

    Biochemistry

  • Specimen Container Adult:

    EDTA whole blood or blood spot

    EDTA whole blood or blood spot

  • Specimen Container Paediatric:

    EDTA whole blood or blood spot

    EDTA whole blood or blood spot

  • Minimum Volume Adult:

    0.5 mL

    0.5 mL

  • Minimum Volume Paediatric:

    0.5 mL

    0.5 mL

  • Sample Stability:

    Blood spot acyl-carnitines are stable for weeks provided the specimen is kept dry. 

    EDTA whole blood should be kept in the fridge until blood spots are prepared.

    Blood spot acyl-carnitines are stable for weeks provided the specimen is kept dry. 

    EDTA whole blood should be kept in the fridge until blood spots are prepared.

  • Quality Assurance:

    CDC, NEQAS, ERNDIM

    CDC, NEQAS, ERNDIM

  • Interpretation:

    Each result is issued with an interpretation and advice as to follow up investigations if appropriate.

    Each result is issued with an interpretation and advice as to follow up investigations if appropriate.

  • Reference Ranges:

    Reported with interpretative comment.

    Reported with interpretative comment.

  • Routine Contact Name:

    Duty Biochemist

  • Routine Telephone:

    Freeman: 0191 244 8889

    RVI: 0191 282 9719

    Freeman: 0191 244 8889

    RVI: 0191 282 9719

  • Routine Email:

    - For external users: TNU-Tr.duty.biochemist@nhs.net

    - For Trust users: DutyBiochemist@nuth.nhs.uk

  • Specialist Test:

    Yes

    Yes

  • Specialist Contact Name:

    Metabolic Clinical Scientist

    Metabolic Clinical Scientist

  • Specialist Telephone:

    0191 282 9685 (Consultant Clinical Scientist)

    0191 282 0334 (Metabolic Laboratory)

    0191 282 9685 (Consultant Clinical Scientist)

    0191 282 0334 (Metabolic Laboratory)

  • Specialist Email:

Availability:

Available during full access hours
Assayed twice weekly
Site of analysis: RVI

Turn Around:

1 week

Send To:

Department of Blood Sciences

Level 3
Leazes Wing
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4LP

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