Amino Acid Quantitation

Also known as: urine amino acids test, amino acids measurement, quantitative, urine.

What is amino acid quantitation (urine)?

An amino acids quantitation urine test is an analysis of the body’s urine that involves measuring amino acid levels. It is frequently performed in infants and children to look for some inborn errors of metabolism like cystinuria and renal Fanconi syndrome.

What happens during the procedure?

A random sample of urine will be collected from the infant or child in a special container that the child urinates into. In some situations, all of the urine over a 24-hour period may need to be collected for the test.  

Is any special preparation needed? 

No special preparation is needed for this test.

What are the risk factors?

There are no risk factors related to an amino acids quantitation urine test.


Reviewed by: Paul A Cardenas, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/31/2018 9:15:13 AM

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