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Amino Acid Quantitative, CSF


Name Method Department Units
Amino Acid Quant, CSF High performance liquid chromatography
Core Lab, Metabolic chemistry umol/L

Specimen Requirements


Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

CSF tube

N/A 1 mL

Refrigerated - 4 hour(s)
Frozen - Indefinite day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • If delay in transport is greater than 4 hours, freeze

Reasons for Rejection

  • Presence of red blood cells
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame


Typical indication for CSF amino acids is for the assessment of glycine encephalopathy (non ketotic hyperglycinemia)(NKH). For proper assessment, a concurrent (as close as possible but must be within 4 hours) serum sample should be collected and a serum amino acid profile (QAAS) ordered in addition to the CSF to determine the CSF to serum glycine ratio. Keep separate from collections for other spinal fluid tests. When ordered as a follow-up to an abnormal newborn screening test, please submit a copy of the state newborn screening results with the specimen. If patient is on TPN therapy, please consult Genetics Services for proper collection procedure.

CPT Code

  • 82139