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Glycolipids TLC, urine

Alternate test name

Detection of Ceramide Trihexoside

Lab area
Clinical Biochemistry - Metabolic Diseases
Method and equipment
Identification of urinary globotriaocylceramide (GB3) following chloroform extraction and sepration by thin layer chromatography (TLC).
Expected turn-around time
3 weeks
Specimen type

Urine total first morning void

Specimen requirements

150 mL of urine from first morning void in 2 sterile screw top container. Larger volumes preferred.

Storage and transportation

Store at -20°C and transport frozen on dry ice.

Special requirements

Do not centrifuge urine specimen to remove sediment. Do not aliquot or filter.

Shipping information
The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
555 University Avenue, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7200
Toll Free: 1-855-381-3212
Hours: 7 days/week, 24 hours/day
Background and clinical significance

Qualitative assessment

Disease condition


Fabry Disease

Alpha-Galactosidase A deficiency

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