Organic Acid Analysis

Test Information

Organic acids are involved in many metabolic processes within the cell. With certain genetic disorders, there may be abnormal concentrations of organic acids that are present in blood or other body fluids. Organic acid analysis is usually carried out on urine since many of the abnormal compounds will not be observed in other tissues.

Turnaround Time

10 days

CPT Code(s)

83919

Cost

$231

Indications

Disturbances of organic acid metabolism may be suspected in infants or children with feeding difficulties, failure to thrive, growth delay, developmental delay, seizures, unusual body odor, hypotonia and/or hyperammonemia.

Methodology

gas-liquid chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GC/MS)

Specimen Requirements

At least 10 ml of random catch urine is requested for this test.

Transport Instructions

Samples must be frozen, preferably on dry ice. Samples must be sent frozen by overnight delivery services or courier. If the sample can be delivered the same day, it may be sent cold or at room temperature.

Have Questions Need Support?

Call our laboratory at 1-800-473-9411 or contact one of our Laboratory Genetic Counselors for assistance.
Robin Fletcher, MS, CGC
Kellie Walden, MS, CGC

Analyte Analysis, Analytes and Biomarkers, Biochemical Testing, Newborn Screening Follow-Up
Lucy's Story

Lucy's Story

When our daughter Lucy had a metabolic crisis at 7 days old, we were shocked and devastated to find out that she was born with a rare genetic disorder (MSUD). Her newborn screening results did not make it back in time to prevent the crisis, and no one at our local hospital was familiar with the disease. They did not know how to treat her. Calls were made to Greenwood Genetic Center to confirm her diagnosis...

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