Sphingomyelinase (Lysosomal Enzyme for Niemann-Pick Disease)
Also known as: lysosomal enzyme for Niemann-Pick.
What is sphingomyelinase?
Niemann-Pick disease is a disorder that affects the body’s ability to breakdown lipids. It results from a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme known as sphingomyelinase. A sphingomyelinase test is a blood test that checks for a deficiency of the enzyme.
What happens during the procedure?
A routine blood draw is required in order to begin the sphingomyelinase test. The blood sample is then taken to a laboratory for testing and analysis.
What are the risk factors?
Infection, bleeding and damage to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of any blood draw.
Reviewed by: Sajel L Kana, MD
This page was last updated on: 11/5/2018 2:21:17 PM
From the Newsdesk
The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children's is growing to better meet the needs of our community, we have opened a new office on the hospital's main campus!