Glutamine

Specimen:

2 mL blood in lithium heparin tube collected 2 h after a high protein meal. The specimen must be separated and frozen immediately.

Method:

HPLC.

Reference Interval:

450-750 µmol/L.

Application:

Investigation of a patient with suspected Hyperammonaemia.

Interpretation:

Glutamine is increased in patients with genetic Hyperammonaemia.

Reference:

Bachmann C. Clin Chem Lab Med 2002; 40(7): 653-62.