Amino Acid Quantitation
Also known as: AACSF, amino acids quantitative – cerebral spinal fluid.
What is amino acid quantitation - CSF?
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 cerebral spinal fluid is useful in diagnosing these disorders.
What happens during the procedure?
A sample of spinal fluid is withdrawn from the child’s back using a needle. Once the sample is obtained, it’s taken to a laboratory for analysis.
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, swelling or damage to surrounding organs and tissues related to the spinal fluid draw.
Reviewed by: Paul Cardenas, MD
This page was last updated on: 9/3/2018 9:25:24 AM
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