Amino Acid Quantitation (Plasma)

Also known as: AAQP, amino acid quantitation blood test.

What is amino acid quantitation – plasma?

Patients born with inborn errors of amino acid metabolism may have a variety of different medical conditions related to metabolism. These diseases typically become evident in infancy or early childhood. An amino acid quantitation test of plasma is useful in diagnosing these disorders.


What happens during the procedure?

All that’s required for the test is a basic blood draw, typically from the arm but sometimes from another area of the body. Then the blood sample is taken to a laboratory for testing.


Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for the test.


What are the risk factors?

There are slights risks of infection, bleeding, bruising or swelling related to the blood draw.


Reviewed by: Paul Cardenas, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/21/2019 1:28:48 AM