Hexosaminidase A Percent and Total Hexosaminidase in Plasma with Reflex to Hexosaminidase A Percent and Total Hexosaminidase in Leukocytes
Ordering Recommendation
Use to diagnose or identify carriers of Tay Sachs disease. Individuals who are pregnant, use oral contraceptives, or have severe liver or autoimmune disease should not be tested using plasma or serum. Refer to Hexosaminidase A Percent and Total Hexosamindase in Leukocytes (2008125) for these individuals.
Quantitative Fluorometry
2-9 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Yellow (ACD).  
Specimen Preparation
Do not transfer whole blood to other containers. Transport  3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Grossly hemolyzed specimens.  
Clinical information is needed for appropriate interpretation. Additional required information includes age, gender, diet (e.g.TPN therapy), drug therapy, and family history. Biochemical Genetics Patient History Form is available on the ARUP Web site at or by contacting ARUP Client Services.   
Ambient: 3 days; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Available Separately Components Reference Interval
No Hexosaminidase A Percent in Plasma 55-​76 percent
No Hexosaminidase Total Effective August 17, 2015
600-​1050 nmol hydrolyzed/hr/mL
Yes (2008125) Hexosaminidase A Percent and Total  in Leukocytes Effectvie November 18, 2013
Greater than or equal to 63 percent
Interpretive Data
Refer to report.  
This test is used for the diagnosis of Tay-Sachs disease and can also be used to identify carriers for this disorder. Carrier screening is offered to individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent because of the high incidence of the disease in this population. If plasma results are interpreted within the enzyme ranges of Affected, Carrier, or Ambiguous, then Hexosaminidase A and Total Hexosaminidase in Leukocytes will be added. Additional charges apply.
CPT Code(s)
83080; if reflexed add 83080
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2008122Hexosaminidase Total1954-7
2008123Hexosaminidase A Percent12914-8
2008130Hexosaminidase Interpretation 
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