Biochemical Genetic Test: Lactate

Also known as:  lactate test, lactic acid test.

What is the biochemical genetic test: lactate?

Lactate, or lactic acid, is a substance that is produced in muscle and blood cells, and is formed when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy when cells don’t have enough oxygen.

What happens during the procedure?

Blood is usually drawn from a vein in the normal way, though sometimes it is measured from fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid or CSF). The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is required for this blood test.

What are the risk factors?

Pain, bleeding, infection, bruising or swelling and/or damage to surrounding tissues are very slight risks of this procedure.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf MD.

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