Vacuolated Lymphocytes

The vacuolated lymphocytes test is used as a screen for certain metabolic storage disorders, such as Pompe's disease, Wolman's disease and Niemann-Pick disease. The primary screen, which takes up to 2 weeks to complete is performed by light microscopy; a confirmatory screen may be required, which takes up to 4 weeks to complete and is performed by electron microscopy within Great Ormond Street Histopathology department.
Sample type and Volume required: 
Whole Blood
Turnaround time: 
2 weeks
Special sample instructions: 

Sendaway test

Storage and transport: 
Blood Sciences Department-Guy's And St Thomas' Hospital
Result Query: 020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Contact: 020 7188 9247

Guy's Hospital
Southwark Wing - 4th Floor
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Contact: 020 7188 4781
Haematology Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Advisory Service
Routine hours: bleep 1358
Paediatrics Routine hours: bleep 1621

Out of hours, weekend and bank holidays: 17:00-9:00 bleep 0294
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015