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Blood Test Information

Acyl Carnitine

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Test Code: ACY

Tube type: Guthrie Card

Other acceptable tube types
Lithium heparin (pale green)

Special instructions
Best taken when NOT in acute phase

Reference range
Bloodspot free carnitine: 10.3 - 54.7

Sent away to Southmead Hospital, Bristol


Turnaround Time
21 days

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
Acylcarnitine profile (there are many different forms of acylated carnitine) is useful in investigation of inborn errors of metabolism affecting organic acids and fatty acids (e.g. MCAD deficiency) NOTE: Total and free carnitines (see "Carnitines") in plasma are also measured in connection with some neurological/muscle disorders)


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