Amino Acid Profile
(Amino Acid Screen)
Amino acids are used by the body to manufacture proteins. While the body is able to manufacture some amino acids, eight amino acids must be obtained from dietary sources. Amino acid levels can be measured either by a blood or urine test. Most amino acid deficiencies are inherited. There are more than 90 diseases; including cystic fibrosis, maple syrup disease, and PKU. Early detection of amino acid diseases is very important, and newborns are routinely screened for these diseases. Low blood levels can indicate kidney disease.
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