Test Catalog

Test ID: PDHC    
Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex, Fibroblasts

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Evaluation of patients with a clinical suspicion of a pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency or an energy metabolism disorder

Genetics Test Information Provides information that may help with selection of the correct genetic test or proper submission of the test request

Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) deficiency is a rare mitochondrial disorder with a clinical presentation consisting of metabolic and neurological components of varying severity.


PDHC should be considered in patients with early-onset neurological disease and unexplained lactic acidosis, especially if structural brain abnormalities are present.

Additional Tests Lists tests that are always performed, at an additional charge, with the initial tests.

Test IDReporting NameAvailable SeparatelyAlways Performed
FIBRFibroblast CultureYesYes
CRYOBCryopreserve for Biochem StudiesNoYes

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, a fibroblast culture and cryopreservation for biochemical studies will always be performed at an additional charge. However, for multiple lysosomal enzyme assays on a patient utilizing fibroblast culture, only 1 culture is required regardless of the number of enzyme assays ordered. If viable cells are not obtained within 30 days, client will be notified.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

PDHC: Colorimetric Enzyme Assay

CRYOB: Fibroblast Subculture followed by Cryopreservation and Storage

NY State Available Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Comp, Fibro

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

PDC (Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex)
PDHC (Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex)