|Department:||Biochemical Genetics Lab|
|Available:||Lab open M-F 7:30a-4:00p. Specimens accepted daily, 24 hrs. Specimens batched and test run as needed.|
|Turnaround:||Routine: 4 day; STAT: 24 hours|
|Container:||Sodium heparin preferred, lithium heparin accepted|
|Temperature:||Give specimen to send-out tech (1st shift) or core labl tech (2nd/3rd shift, weekends, holidays). Spin, remove, and freeze plasma at -20 degrees C. Specimen should not be left at room temp for more than 2 hours.|
|Rejection:||Specimens should be as fresh as possible and processed immediately. All samples will be run. Sub-optimal handling is noted in report.|
|Normal:||0-1 month 0-10 umol/L
1 month-2 months 0-7 umol/L
2 months-18 years 0-7 umol/L
18 years + 0-12 umol/L
|Uses:||To monitor beta-alanine levels in patients.|
|Limitations:||Protein intake may affect beta-alanine levels.|
|Method:||ion exchange chromatography|
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