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Test ID: LGBWB Globotriaosylsphingosine, Blood


Advisory Information


Serum is the recommended specimen type for monitoring patients with Fabry disease. For more information see LGB3S / Globotriaosylsphingosine, Serum.

Specimen Required


Container/Tube:

Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Green top (sodium heparin, lithium heparin) and yellow top (ACD B)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL


Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Inborn Errors of Metabolism Test Request (T798) with the specimen.

Useful For

Diagnosing and monitoring of patients with Fabry disease when a serum specimen is not available 

 

This test is not intended for newborn screening followup.

Method Name

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

Reporting Name

Globotriaosylsphingosine, B

Specimen Type

Whole blood

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.25 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood Refrigerated (preferred) 72 hours
  Ambient  48 hours

Clinical Information

Fabry disease is an X-linked recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A). Reduced enzyme activity results in accumulation of glycosphingolipids in the lysosomes throughout the body, in particular, the kidney, heart, and brain. Severity and onset of symptoms are dependent on the residual enzyme activity. Symptoms may include acroparesthesias (pain crises), multiple angiokeratomas, reduced or absent sweating, corneal opacity, renal insufficiency leading to end-stage renal disease, and cardiac and cerebrovascular disease. There are renal and cardiac variant forms of Fabry disease that may be underdiagnosed. Heterozygous females of Fabry disease can have clinical presentations ranging from asymptomatic to severely affected, and they may have alpha-Gal A activity in the normal range. The estimated incidence varies from 1 in 3000 infants detected via newborn screening to 1 in 10,000 males diagnosed after onset of symptoms.

 

Unless irreversible damage has already occurred, treatment with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) has led to significant clinical improvement in affected individuals. For this reason, early diagnosis and treatment are desirable, and in a few US states early detection of Fabry disease through newborn screening has been implemented.

 

Measurement of alpha-Gal A in leukocytes (AGA / Alpha-Galactosidase, Leukocytes), serum (AGAS / Alpha-Galactosidase, Serum), or blood spots (AGABS / Alpha-Galactosidase, Blood Spot) can reliably diagnose classic or variant Fabry disease in males. Molecular genetic testing is the recommended diagnostic test for females as alpha-Gal A may be in the normal range in an affected female patient.  Molecular analysis of the GLA gene (FABRZ / Fabry Disease, Full Gene Analysis, Varies) allows for detection of the disease-causing variant in males and females.

 

The glycosphingolipid, globotriaosylsphingosine (LGb3), may be elevated in symptomatic patients and supports a diagnosis of Fabry disease. It may also be helpful as a tool for monitoring disease progression as well as determining treatment response in known patients. In addition, measurement or LGb3, may provide additional diagnostic information in the evaluation of uncertain cases, such as in asymptomatic heterozygous females, individuals with novel GLA variants of unclear clinical significance, as well as asymptomatic patients identified by family screening.

Reference Values

Cutoff: ≤0.034 nmol/mL

Interpretation

An elevation of globotriaosylsphingosine (LGb3) is suggestive of Fabry disease.

Clinical Reference

1. Boutin M, Gagnon R, Lavoie P, Auray-Blais C: LC-MS/MS analysis of plasma lyso-Gb3 in Fabry Disease. Clin Chim Acta 2012:414;273-280

2. Johnson B, Mascher H, Mascher D, et al: Analysis of lyso-globotriaosylsphingosine in dried blood spots. Ann Lab Med 2013 Jul;33(4):274-278

3. Polo G, Burlina AP, Kolamunnage TB, et al: Diagnosis of sphingolipidoses: a new simultaneous measurement of lysosphingolipids by LC-MS/MS. Clin Chem Lab Med 2017 Mar 1;55(3):403-414

4. Mehta A, Hughes DA: Fabry disease. In GeneReviews. Edited by RA Pagon, MP Adam, HH Ardinger, et al. University of Washington, Seattle. Accessed 6/21/17. Available at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1292/

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Samples received Monday through Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. will be prepared same day.

Testing performed Tuesday 8 a.m.

Analytic Time

2 days (not reported on Saturday or Sunday)

Test Classification

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

82542

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LGBWB Globotriaosylsphingosine, B 92753-3

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
BA4371 Interpretation (LGBWB) 59462-2
BA4370 Globotriaosylsphingosine 92753-3
BA4372 Reviewed By 18771-6
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