Lab Test : Beta-Alanine, Plasma

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Department:Biochemical Genetics Lab
Phone:(937) 641-3262
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
Volume:0.5 ml
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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