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Free fatty acids

Category Biochemistry
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Free fatty acids derived from triglyceride stores by lipolysis undergo mitochondrial beta-oxidation to provide up to 80 % of the total energy requirement during fasting.

Clinical Indications

Investigation of hypoglycaemia and in suspected fatty acid oxidation defects.

Reference range

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Sample & container required Heparin (green top) on ice rush to laboratory
Sample volume 0.5 mL
Turnaround time Up to 6 weeks

A blood glucose result at time of sampling should accompany the request.
Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test.