Organic Acid Quantitation (Methylmalonic Acid)
Also known as: organic acid quantitation – MMA, urinary organic acids: isolation and quantitation, metabolic analysis profile.
What is organic acid quantitation - methylmalonic acid?
Organic acid quantitation - methylmalonic acid is a test that can help diagnose a rare metabolic genetic disorder known as methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). The test measures the levels of an organic acid known as methylmalonic acid in the urine. High levels are usually a sign of methylmalonic acidemia.
What happens during the procedure?
A sample of urine is required for organic acid quantitation. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for further testing and analysis.
Is any special preparation needed?
The patient may need to fast for several hours before giving a urine sample.
What are the risk factors?
There are no risk factors related to this test.
Reviewed by: Sajel L Kana, MD
This page was last updated on: 11/5/2018 1:53:02 PM
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