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Lab Test Dictionary

Amino Acid Analysis, Quantitative

Methodology

Modern Automated Amino Acid Analyzer


Synonyms

PKU Panel; Amino Acids; Aminos; Threonine

Specimen Type

Serum or Plasma

Performing Lab

UCSD Biochemical Genetics


Epic ID

LAB811

Lab Test Days

Monday-Friday

Standard TAT

5-7 Days

Stat TAT

Same Day


Collection Information

Specimen Required

2 mL Blood

Container Type

Light Green (Lithium Heparin PST)

Collection Instructions

Plasma collected in sodium heparin (dark green-top) tube is also acceptable. Serum collected in a red-top or serum separator tube (SST) is also acceptable but only as an alternative if needed.


Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Frozen-Only

Test Volume Required

1 mL Serum or Plasma

Minimum Test Volume

0.5 mL Serum or Plasma

Processing Instructions

Centrifuge, separate serum or plasma within 20 minutes, and promptly freeze. Complete UCSD Biochemical Genetics requisition and submit with specimen frozen.


Included Tests

Includes Glycine.


Comments

Be aware that for accurate determination of homocystine in blood, special handling is required and may need to call UCSD Biochemical Genetics to arrange specifically for plasma homocystine. Amino Acids and PKU Panel include the same tests.


CPT Codes

82139


Revised

01-18-15

Initials

SL