Plasma porphyrin scan

Description: 
Plasma porphyrin scan is a test offered by the SAAS Porphyria Service in Reference Biochemistry at King’s College Hospital and is measured using fluorescence spectroscopy
Clinical details: 
A positive plasma porphyrin emission scan is a qualitative test that can be used with other porphyrin tests in urine and faeces to confirm a diagnosis of porphyria.
Reference range: 

not applicable as qualitative test

Sample type and Volume required: 
5 – 10 ml whole blood collected into EDTA or heparin. Separate red cells and plasma if delay in dispatch. Specimens should be protected from light
Turnaround time: 
1-2 weeks
Special sample instructions: 

Specimens can be sent by first class post without ice packs. Specimens are stable for several weeks if frozen while awaiting despatch.

Contacts:
Reference Biochemistry Department at King's College Hospital
020 3299 4107
King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS
Porphyrins and Gastrointestinal Laboratory at King's College Hospital
Porphyrins - 020 3299 3856, Gut Permeability - 020 3299 4133
King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 03/02/2017