- Patient Preparation
- Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or green (sodium heparin).
- Specimen Preparation
- Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)
- Storage/Transport Temperature
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable
Background Information for Galactosemia (GALT) 9 Mutations:
Characteristics: Affected infants present at 3-14 days old with poor feeding, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, lethargy progressing to coma, and abdominal distension with hepatomegaly usually followed by progressive liver failure. Patients with galactosemia are also at increased risk for E. coli or other gram-negative neonatal sepsis. Diagnosis is made by measuring GALT enzyme activity in red blood cells.
Incidence: Approximately 1 in 30,000 to 60,000 of classic galactosemia in Caucasian, varies in other populations.
Inheritance: Autosomal recessive.
Penetrance: 100 percent for severe GALT mutations.
Cause: Mutations in the GALT gene.
Mutations Tested: Seven GALT gene mutations (Q188R, S135L, K285N, T138M, L195P, Y209C, and IVS2-2 A>G) and two variants (N314D and L218L).
Clinical Sensitivity: Approaches 80 percent in Caucasians but reduced in other ethnic groups.
Methodology: Polymerase chain reaction followed by single nucleotide extension (SNE) and capillary electrophoresis.
Analytical Sensitivity: 99 percent for mutations listed.
Limitations: GALT gene mutations, other than the 9 targeted, will not be detected. Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variations.
This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online at www.aruplab.com.
Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online.
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0051177||Galactosemia - Ethnicity|
|0051178||Galactosemia - Symptoms|
|0051180||Galactosemia - Family History|
|0051182||Galactosemia (GALT) Allele 1||42940-7|
|0051183||Galactosemia (GALT) Allele 2||42941-5|
|0051184||Galactosemia (GALT) DNA Panel Interp|
|2001351||Galactosemia (GALT) DNA Panel Specimen|
- Galactosemia Carrier Testing
- Galactosemia Confirmation Test
- Galactosemia genotyping
- GALT DNA