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Organic Acid Analysis

Organic acids are key metabolites of virtually all pathways of intermediary metabolism as well as exogenous compounds such as drugs and special diets. Urine organic acids can be used to diagnose disorders of amino acid, organic acid, fatty acid and carbohydrate metabolism, among others, and can also be used for monitoring known patients.

In many disorders, urine organic acid analysis is normal while the patient is well. Testing while symptomatic is usually the most informative.

Test Name: Organic Acid Analysis, Urine
Test Code:
ORG ACIDS
Test Description:
Quantitative and qualitative measurement of organic acids in urine.
Synonyms:
Indication:
For confirmation of newborn screening results, evaluating patients with episodes of lethargy or vomiting suggestive of a metabolic disorder and for follow-up of known patients for assessment of management.
Related Tests:
Clinical Links: Organic Acidemias GeneReview
Availability:
Performed 3 times per week
Turnaround Time:
5 days
Methodology:
GCMS
Reference Range:
Interpretive report will be provided
Requisition:
Consent Form:
Sample Requirements: Type
Urine: 5-10 mL random collection

Processing
Freeze

Shipping
Overnight shipping, frozen.
Samples Received:
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PST
Special Considerations:
Samples are best collected while patient is ill. Testing asymptomatic patients may yield false negative results. Succinylacetone can be included in this test but must be requested specifically.
Cost:
Please e-mail Client Services or call at 206-987-2617 with any billing questions
CPT Code:
Please e-mail Client Services or call at 206-987-2617 with any billing questions