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Also known as: lactate and pyruvate blood test, lactate to pyruvate ratio.
A lactate and pyruvate blood test is helpful in evaluating for several disorders related to mitochondrial metabolism that may be present at birth. These disorders tend to cause problems such as neurological dysfunction and/or myopathic dysfunction. Specifically, the test measures the ratio of lactate to pyruvate in the blood.
A routine blood draw is required in order to begin the lactate and pyruvate blood test. The blood sample is then taken to a laboratory for testing and analysis. A high lactate to pyruvate ratio may be indicative of a problem.
There is no special preparation needed.
Infection, bleeding and damage to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of any blood draw.
Reviewed by: Sajel L Kana, MD
This page was last updated on: December 20, 2019 01:47 PM