Methylmalonic Acid

Test Description:

Quantitative methylmalonic acid analysis in plasma and urine is used to monitor the treatment of patients with methylmalonic acidemia due to either a defect in methylmalonyl-CoA mutase, or cobalamin (B12) metabolism. Methylmalonic acid levels are also assessed as part of a comprehensive risk assessment for B12 deficiency in adults. Methylmalonic acid analysis is performed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry using stable isotope dilution method.

Specimen Requirements:

Plasma: 5 ml blood in a sodium heparin (green top) tube. Centrifuge and freeze plasma.

Urine: 2-5 ml urine, random or preferably morning first void, in a clean container without preservatives.

Shipping: Freeze and ship overnight frozen on dry ice.

Turnaround Time: 5 Days

CPT Codes:

Plasma: 80500, 83921, 82542

Urine: 80500, 82570, 83921, 82542

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