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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Vitamin E, Blood

Clinical Significance

Deficiency of vitamin E may cause extensive neuropathy in young children and, in addition, is suspect as a possible cause of motor and sensory neuropathy in older children and in adults. One likely cause of vitamin E deficiency is intestinal malabsorption, resulting from bowel disease, pancreatic disease, or chronic cholestasis. Other causes of malabsorption of vitamin E include celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, and intestinal lymphangiectasia.

Test Name

Vitamin E, Blood

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Alpha-Tocopherol

Test Code

VIE

Division

Biochemistry - Biochemistry

Method

HPLC

Turn Around Time

Weekly

Specimen Type

Serum or Sodium/Lithium Heparin plasma

Minimum Specimen Requirements

200 uL

Storage/Transportation

Frozen

Approval is not required

CPT Codes

84446

Shipping and Contact Information

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

Reference Range

 

Age

Range (µmol/L)

<1 y

5 – 50

1 – < 19 y

14.5 – 33