Beta Galactosidase

Also known as: lysosomal for GM1 gangliosidosis, BGA, leukocytes.

What is a beta galactosidase test?

Beta galactosidase test is a blood test performed in children to diagnose inherited disorders related to a deficiency of the beta-galactosidase enzyme. These diseases can include Morquio syndrome B, GM1 gangliosidosis and galactosialidosis.

What happens during the procedure?

A routine blood draw is required in order to perform the beta galactosidase test. The blood sample is then taken to a laboratory for testing and analysis.

Is any special preparation needed?

In most cases, no special preparation is needed for the test.

What are the risk factors?

Infection, bleeding and damage to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of the test.

Reviewed by: Paul Cardenas, MD

This page was last updated on: March 26, 2019 12:25 PM