Carnitine Analysis, Total and Free (Plasma)

Test Information

Carnitine plays an important role in the transport of long chain fatty acids into the mitochondria as well as the formation of acylcarnitines.

Turnaround Time

10 days

CPT Code(s)

82379

Cost

$120

Indications

Measurement of free and total carnitine levels are important for determining the validity of acylcarnitine profiles as well as following patients under carnitine supplementation.

Methodology

tandem mass spectrometry (MS-MS)

Specimen Requirements

5-7 mL of peripheral blood should be collected in a sodium heparin blood tube. Sample should be spun down; remove plasma and freeze prior to shipment. Approximately 1 mL of plasma is needed for analysis. Blood spots are not acceptable.

Transport Instructions

Frozen plasma samples should be sent via overnight express, preferably on dry ice.

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
Falecia Thomas, MS, CGC

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