|Test description||Oligosaccharides analysis is a qualitative screening test to detect various storage diseases of lysosomal origin. The test is performed on urine and is useful in ruling out a number of storage diseases. More specific lysosomal enzyme analysis is necessary when a positive screening test is found.|
|Methodology||Oligosaccharides are analyzed by thin layer chromatography in conjunction with appropriate controls.|
|Associated Tests||Lysosomal Enzyme testing may be indicated if a positive oligosaccharide screen is found.|
|Specimen Requirements||Urine (at least 10 ml)|
|Transport||Urine should be sent frozen on dry ice by courier or 24 hour delivery. Specimens may be brought by courier at ambient temperature if it can be delivered on the day of collection.|
|Turnaround time||21 days|
The Biochemical Lab provides diagnostic and screening tests for a variety of inherited metabolic disorders.