Test Catalog

Test Id : HGEMS

Hydroxyglutaric Acids, Glutaric Acid, Ethylmalonic Acid, and Methylsuccinic Acid, Serum

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

Evaluation of patients with an abnormal newborn screen showing elevations of glutarylcarnitine (C5-DC) using serum specimens

 

Evaluation of patients with abnormal newborn screens showing elevations of C4- acylcarnitine to aid in the differential diagnosis of short chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase and isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiencies

 

Diagnosis of glutaric acidemia type 1

 

Aiding in diagnosis of glutaric acidemia type 2

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

Second-tier newborn screening for follow-up of C4 acylcarnitine and glutarylcarnitine (C5DC) elevations.

 

Differentiating diagnoses of short chain Co-A dehydrogenase (SCAD) deficiency, isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IBDH) deficiency, and ethylmalonic encephalopathy.

 

Differentiating diagnoses of glutaric acidemia type I (GA-1) and glutaric acidemia type II (GA-2)

Method Name
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Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

NY State Available
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Yes

Reporting Name
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HGEM, S

Aliases
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Short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (SCAD) deficiency

Ethylmalonic encephalopathy (EE)

Isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IBDH) deficiency

Glutaric acidemia type 1 (GA-1)

Glutaric acidemia type 2 (GA-2)

GA 1

GA I

GA1

GAI

GA 2

GA II

GA2

GAII

Glutaryl-CoA Dehydrogenase (GCDH) Deficieny

GCDH (Glutaryl-CoA Dehydrogenase) Deficiency

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum Red

Necessary Information

Patient's age is required.

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Collection Container/Tube: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL

Forms

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.02 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Red Refrigerated (preferred) 90 days
Frozen 90 days
Ambient 4 days

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

Evaluation of patients with an abnormal newborn screen showing elevations of glutarylcarnitine (C5-DC) using serum specimens

 

Evaluation of patients with abnormal newborn screens showing elevations of C4- acylcarnitine to aid in the differential diagnosis of short chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase and isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiencies

 

Diagnosis of glutaric acidemia type 1

 

Aiding in diagnosis of glutaric acidemia type 2

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

Second-tier newborn screening for follow-up of C4 acylcarnitine and glutarylcarnitine (C5DC) elevations.

 

Differentiating diagnoses of short chain Co-A dehydrogenase (SCAD) deficiency, isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IBDH) deficiency, and ethylmalonic encephalopathy.

 

Differentiating diagnoses of glutaric acidemia type I (GA-1) and glutaric acidemia type II (GA-2)

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Acylcarnitine analysis is included in newborn screening blood tests and is utilized for detection of several inborn errors of metabolism, including fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAOD) and organic acidemias (OA). A limitation of this analytic method is its inability to differentiate between several isomers. Additional testing of 2-hydroxyglutaric acid (2OH-GA), 3-hydroxyglutaric acid (3OH-GA), glutaric acid (GA), methylsuccinic acid (MSA), and ethylmalonic acid (EMA) by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry allows better differentiation among C4 acylcarnitine and glutarylcarnitine/C10-OH isomers.

 

C4 acylcarnitine represents both butyrylcarnitine and isobutyrylcarnitine and is elevated in short chain acyl Co-A dehydrogenase (SCAD) deficiency, isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IBDH) deficiency and ethylmalonic encephalopathy (EE). SCAD deficiency is a condition affecting fatty acid metabolism, with reported symptoms of hypoglycemia, lethargy, developmental delays, and failure to thrive; there is controversy on whether a biochemical diagnosis necessarily confers clinical symptoms. IBDH deficiency is characterized by cardiomyopathy, hypotonia, and developmental delays, although many individuals with IBDH deficiency are asymptomatic. EE is a rare progressive encephalopathy associated with hypotonia, seizures, and abnormal movements.

 

Individuals with SCAD deficiency demonstrate elevated plasma EMA and MSA levels and individuals with EE show only elevations in EMA, while individuals with IBDH deficiency do not typically have elevations in either EMA or MSA.

 

Glutarylcarnitine (C5-DC) is elevated in glutaric acidemia type I (GA1) but is not differentiated from C10-OH acylcarnitine. GA1 is caused by a deficiency of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase. GA1 is characterized by bilateral striatal brain injury leading to dystonia, often a result of acute neurologic crises triggered by illness. Individuals with GA1 typically show elevations of GA and 3OH-GA, even in those considered to be "low excretors."

 

Glutaric acidemia type II (GA2), also known as multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MADD), is caused by defects in either the electron transfer flavoprotein (ETF) or ETF-ubiquinone oxidoreductase. This disease can be severe and is often fatal in the first weeks of life, with typical symptoms of hypoglycemia, muscle weakness, metabolic acidosis, dysmorphic features, cardiac defects or arrhythmias, renal cysts, and fatty infiltration of the liver. GA2 can have a milder presentation, also known as ethylmalonic-adipic aciduria, with Reye-like illnesses in childhood, and muscle weakness in childhood and adulthood. In addition to elevations in GA , individuals with GA2 can also show increased EMA, MSA, and 2OH-GA.

 

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Newborn Screening Work Group published diagnostic algorithms for the follow-up of infants who had a positive newborn screening result. For more information, see www.acmg.net.

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

2-OH Glutaric acid < or =4.5 nmol/mL

3-OH Glutaric acid < or =0.7 nmol/mL

Glutaric acid < or =0.8 nmol/mL

Methylsuccinic acid < or =0.3 nmol/mL

Ethylmalonic acid < or =1.5 nmol/mL

Interpretation
Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Elevations of ethylmalonic acid (EMA) and methylsuccinic acid (MSA) are consistent with a diagnosis of short chain acyl Co-A dehydrogenase (SCAD) deficiency.

 

Elevation of EMA is consistent with a diagnosis of ethylmalonic encephalopathy.

 

Normal levels of EMA in the context of elevated C4 is consistent with a diagnosis of isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IBDH) deficiency.

 

Elevation of glutaric acid (GA) and 3-hydroxyglutaric acid (3OH-GA) are consistent with a diagnosis of glutaric acidemia type I (GA1).

 

Elevation of GA, 2-hydroxy glutaric acid (2OH-GA), 3OH-GA, EMA, and MSA are consistent with a diagnosis of glutaric acidemia type II (GA2).

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Rinaldo P, Cowan TM, Matern D: Acylcarnitine profile analysis. Genet Med. 2008:10(2):151-156

2. Vockley J, Zschocke J, Knerr I, Vockley C, Michael Gibson KK: Branched chain organic acidurias. In: Valle DL, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA. eds. The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. McGraw-Hill; Accessed February 15, 2021. Available at https://ommbid.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2709&sectionid=225085758

3. Frerman FE, Goodman SI: Defects of electron transfer flavoprotein and electron transfer flavoprotein-ubiquinone oxidoreductase: Glutaric acidemia type II. In: Valle DL, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA. eds. The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. McGraw-Hill; Accessed February 15, 2021. Available at https://ommbid.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2709&sectionid=225088261

4. Larson A, Goodman S: Glutaric acidemia type 1. In: Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Pagon RA, et al. eds. GeneReviews [Internet]. University of Washington, Seattle; 2019. Accessed April 2, 2021. Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK546575/

5. Di Meo I, Lamperti C, Tiranti V: Ethylmalonic encephalopathy. In: Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Pagon RA, et al. eds. GeneReviews [Internet]. University of Washington, Seattle; 2017. Accessed April 2, 2021. Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK453432/

6. Wolfe L, Jethva R, Oglesbee D, et al: Short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency. In: Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Pagon RA, et al. eds. GeneReviews [Internet]. University of Washington, Seattle; 2011. Updated August 9, 2018. Accessed April 2, 2021. Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63582/

Method Description
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An aqueous internal standard is added to the plasma specimen. The supernatant is evaporated under heated nitrogen and the residue is then reconstituted prior to injection onto a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The MS/MS is operated in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) negative mode to follow the precursor to product species transitions. Separation of the structural isomers 2-hydroxyglutaric acid (2OH-GA) and 3-hydroxyglutaric acid (3OH-GA)as well as glutaric acid (GA), methylsuccinic acid (MSA), and ethylmalonic acid (EMA) is accomplished by the optimization of the LC separation. The ratios of the extracted peak areas of GA, EMA, and MSA to their respective internal standards as determined by LC-MS/MS are used to calculate the concentration of each analyte in the sample.(Unpublished Mayo method)

PDF Report
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No

Day(s) Performed
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Monday, Wednesday

Report Available
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2 to 7 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

2 months

Performing Laboratory Location
Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester

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Test Classification
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This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
Provides guidance in determining the appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code(s) information for each test or profile. The listed CPT codes reflect Mayo Clinic Laboratories interpretation of CPT coding requirements. It is the responsibility of each laboratory to determine correct CPT codes to use for billing.

CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.

83918

LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
HGEMS HGEM, S 92673-3
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
36055 2-OH Glutaric acid 69845-6
36056 3-OH Glutaric acid 69851-4
36057 Glutaric acid 27301-1
36058 Methylsuccinic acid 69829-0
36059 Ethylmalonic acid 79476-8
36060 Interpretation (HGEMS) 59462-2
36061 Reviewed By 18771-6

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