Biochemical Genetic Test: Plasma Amino Acids

Also known as: plasma amino acid analysis, amino acid blood test.

What is biochemical genetic test: plasma amino acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks that the body uses to make proteins. Metabolism is the word used to describe the building and the breaking down of materials in the body that keeps one alive and well. The plasma amino acid test is a screening tool that allows us to identify any hereditary, genetic abnormality in protein metabolism that can cause problems to your baby early in life.

What happens during the procedure?

Blood is either collected from a small skin prick using a lancet, or drawn from a vein in the usual way and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Is any special preparation needed?

Usually no special preparation is required for this test. Your child may require to fast for 4 hours prior to the test.

What are the risk factors?

Pain, bleeding, infection, bruising or swelling and/or damage to nearby tissues are uncommon potential risks of the test.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf MD.

This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 1:54:17 PM

From the Newsdesk

What is Genetic Testing?
Dr. Parul Jayakar discusses genetic testing for family planning. Learn more at
Nicklaus Children's Hospital to offer new rapid genetic test
Nicklaus Children's Hospital will be one of a handful in the country to offer a fast turn-around on genome sequencing that can be a key to saving infants with rare and hard-to-diagnose genetic disorders. As seen on The Miami Herald.