Very long Chain Fatty Acids (VLCFA) - including phytanate and pristanate

Analysis by GS-MS
Clinical details: 
Indicated in the investigation of a number of peroxisomal disorders where there is a defect in the metabolism or processing of long chain fatty acids. Patients may present with a spectrum of disease from life-threatening neonatal addisonian crises and severe hypotonia to progressive neurological deterioration and peripheral neuropathy in adults.
Reference range: 

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Synonyms or keywords: 
VLCFA, Metabolic
Sample type and Volume required: 
EDTA plasma. Minimum sample volume 500 uL plasma. Haemolysed samples are unsuitable.
Turnaround time: 
3 weeks
Storage and transport: 
Store frozen but sample can be sent via 1st class post
Inherited Metabolic Diseases Unit at St Thomas' Hospital
0207 188 9652
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 4th Floor
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015