UFHPL Epic order code: LAB811
- Venipuncture is preferred. Capillary specimens are acceptable, but results for several amino acids *serine, glycine, glutamine, glutamic acid) may not reflect plasma amino acid concentrations.
- Spin specimens before refrigerating them, if blood is collected in a gel tube (PST, PPT).
- If transport is delayed or specimens are sent by overnight courier, spin blood and seperate and freeze plasma.
- Ambient: 2 hours
- Refrigerated: 1 day
- Frozen: 4 weeks
- Frozen whole blood
- Citrate or acid citrate dextrose (ACD) tubes
Reports include data on amino acids used for the diagnosis and monitoring of inherited metabolic disorders.
Liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) after derivation by benzoyl chloride
Within 5 business days
Monday - Friday; STAT is available after consultation with the Metabolics Laboratory director; call 352.265.9900 to make arrangements for a STAT case.