UCSD Biochemical Genetics

A Program in the Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego
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Test: N-Acetyl Aspratic Acid
Comments:Gross elevations of N-acetyl aspartate can be used to diagnose Canavan disease. We use gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for definitive identification.
Specimen type:Urine
Sample Requirements:Urine, 10-20 mL (min. 5 mL), frozen without preservatives, shipped frozen (packed w/ dry ice).
Turnaround time:Routine: 7-10 working days, Stat: 1-2 days.