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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Pyruvate (Blood)

Test Name

Pyruvate (Blood)

Test Code



Metabolic Diseases

Turn Around Time

Batch test

Specimen Type

Blood or CSF Special Preparation

Minimum Specimen Requirements

300 µL


Send frozen

Special Requirements

Lactate must be done on same sample.

Pyruvate Sample Preparation Protocol
To be done within 30 minutes of blood being drawn.

Add 300 µL of heparinized whole blood to an eppendorf tube containing 300 µL of cold 6% Perchloric acid
Vortex for 30 seconds and keep on ice for 5 minutes
Spin down at 11,000 rpm
Transfer supernatant to a tube and freeze      

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

Normal 0.03-0.08 mmol/L