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Vitamin E

Test Background
Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Deficiency may occur in some malabsorption syndromes, eg. Crohn’s disease and rare disorders of fat metabolism. Vitamin E deficiency is usually characterised by neurological problems due to poor nerve conduction (presentation of ataxia is typical).

Clinical Indications
Malabsorption syndromes Patients on parenteral nutrition Neurological investigations

Reference Range

Vitamin E
Male 13.0-36.2 umol/L
Female 11.6-36.7 umol/L

Vitamin E Cholesterol
4.3-6.8 mmol/mol

Sample Required
SST (gold top), serum (red top) or heparin (green top)

Referring laboratories see Notes for sample processing requirements

Sample Volume
0.5 mL

Turnaround Time
2 weeks


Freeze samples immediately after separation and protect from light.
Samples can be shipped frozen or sent by First class post

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