Imperial Collage Healthcare

Free fatty acids

Test Background
Free fatty acids derived from triglyceride stores by lipolysis undergo mitochondrial beta-oxidation to provide up to 80 % of the total energy requirement during fasting.

Clinical Indications
Investigation of hypoglycaemia and in suspected fatty acid oxidation defects.

Reference Range
See report

Sample Required
Heparin (green top) on ice rush to laboratory

Sample Volume
0.5 mL

Turnaround Time
Up to 6 weeks

A blood glucose result at time of sampling should accompany the request. Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test.

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