LabPlus Specialist Chemical Pathology analyse tube 1 for lactate, and tube 2 for amino acids. Tubes 3-5 are sent to Biochemistry, Westmead Children's Hospital, for HVA, 5-HIAA, Pteridines and other tests eg. 5-MTHF.
Special tubes are ESSENTIAL for this test.
Get tubes from laboratory - phone 09 307 4949 ext 22016 about 45mins in advance of CSF tap to arrange pickup of tubes on dry ice.
Send tubes IMMEDIATELY after collection to laboratory on dry ice.
Test requires 5 x 0.5 mL aliquots of CSF collected in a particular order.
Specimen Transport Instructions for Referring Laboratories
Specimens - Special collection tubes are available from Biochemical Genetics, LabPlus. Ph 09 307 4949 ext 22016.
At local hospital after CSF collection immediately hand deliver all tubes on dry ice (tubes 1 to 5) to the lab. Tubes should then be immediately frozen at -80C (or -40C if -80C not available).
When convenient the samples must be shipped on DRY ICE to LabPlus. Please notify Biochemical Genetics with the parcel details Ph 09 307 4949 ext 22016.
NOTE: FROZEN BIOBOTTLES ARE UNSUITABLE for shipping.
Biochemical Genetics will do lactate on tube 1, amino acids on tube 2, and tubes 3-5 are sent to NSW for other neurotransmitter tests.