Phytanic acid

Container: Li heparin (green top)

Sample type: Plasma

Test name: Phytanic acid a.k.a. Phytanate

Condition / Indication: Adult Refsums (also part of VLCFA profile)

Reference range: Phytanic acid (age-related ranges): <5.4 (age up to 1 month), <10.8 (age 1-12 months), <12.3 (age 12 months+).

Container: Li heparin (green top)

Alternative container: Serum (Gold top) or EDTA (Lavender top)

Ideal volume (mL): 2 mL

Referred outside NBT for analysis? No

Discipline: Clinical Biochemistry

Section: Metabolic Biochemistry

Turnaround time: 21 days