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Test ID: LPCBS Lysophosphatidylcholines by LC MS/MS, Blood Spot

Reporting Name

LysoPC by LC MS/MS, BS

Specimen Type

Whole blood

Specimen Required

Supplies: Card-Blood Spot Collection (Filter Paper) (T493)


Preferred: Blood Spot Collection Card (T493)

Acceptable: Ahlstrom 226 filter paper, Munktell and Whatman Protein Saver 903 Paper

Specimen Volume: 2 blood spots

Collection Instructions:

1. Completely fill at least 2 circles on the filter paper card (approximately 100 microliters blood per circle).

2. Let blood dry on the filter paper at ambient temperature in a horizontal position for a minimum of 3 hours.

3. Do not expose specimen to heat or direct sunlight.

4. Do not stack wet specimens.

5. Keep specimen dry.

Additional Information:

1. For collection instructions, see Blood Spot Collection Instructions in Special Instructions.

2. For collection instructions in Spanish, see Blood Spot Collection Card-Spanish Instructions (T777) in Special Instructions.

3. For collection instructions in Chinese, see Blood Spot Collection Card-Chinese Instructions (T800) in Special Instructions.

Specimen Minimum Volume

Blood spot: 1

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole blood Refrigerated (preferred) 56 days FILTER PAPER
  Frozen  56 days FILTER PAPER
  Ambient  7 days FILTER PAPER

Reference Values


Normal Range (mcg/mL)

C20 Lysophosphatidylcholine

Not applicable

C22 Lysophosphatidylcholine

Not applicable

C24 Lysophosphatidylcholine


C26 Lysophosphatidylcholine


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


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LPCBS LysoPC by LC MS/MS, BS In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
34865 Interpretation (LPCBS) 59462-2
34860 C20 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90920-0
34861 C22 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90921-8
34862 C24 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90922-6
34863 C26 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90923-4
34864 Reviewed By 18771-6

Method Name

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

Useful For

Second-tier newborn screen for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD)

Clinical Information

This assay measures C20, C22, C24, and C26 lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) species in dried blood spots by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.


Peroxisomes are organelles present in all human cells except mature erythrocytes. They carry out essential metabolic functions including beta-oxidation of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA), alpha-oxidation of phytanic acid, and biosynthesis of plasmalogen and bile acids. Peroxisomal disorders include 2 major subgroups: disorders of peroxisomal biogenesis and single peroxisomal enzyme/transporter defects. Peroxisome biogenesis defects such as Zellweger spectrum syndrome are characterized by defective assembly of the entire organelle, whereas in single enzyme/transporter defects such as X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, the organelle is intact, but a specific function is disrupted. These disorders are clinically diverse and range in severity from neonatal lethal to later onset milder variants.


X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a disorder affecting the nervous system, adrenal cortex, and testis. It is the most common of the peroxisomal disorders, affecting 1 in 17,000 to 1 in 21,000 males. At least 50% of all females who are heterozygotes for X-ALD are symptomatic. A defect in the ABCD1 gene is responsible for the disease. X-ALD shows a wide range of phenotypic expressions. The clinical phenotypes occurring in males can be subdivided in 4 main categories: cerebral inflammatory, adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN), Addison only, and asymptomatic. The first 2 phenotypes account for almost 80% of the patients, while the frequency of the asymptomatic category diminishes with age and it is very rare after age 40. It is estimated that approximately 50% of heterozygotes develop an AMN-like syndrome. Treatment options are hormone replacement therapy, dietary intervention, or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Elevations of C24 lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) and C26 LPC may be indicative of X-ALD. In 2016, X-ALD was added to the US Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), a list of conditions that are nationally recommended for newborn screening by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. Therefore, measurement of LPCs is a useful second-tier test for newborn screening for X-ALD.


Zellweger syndrome spectrum (ZSS) is a continuum of severe disorders affecting the nervous system, vision, hearing, and liver function. Most individuals present in infancy, but adult patients have been identified. The prevalence of ZSS is 1 in 50,000. ZSS follows autosomal recessive inheritance. At least 12 different genes have been implicated in ZSS, with approximately 60% to 70% of mutations occurring in PEX1. The clinical phenotypes include Zellweger syndrome, neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy (NALD), and infantile Refsum disease (IRD).


Individuals with Zellweger syndrome typically die within the first year of life without making any developmental progress. Individuals with NALD or IRD typically present in childhood with developmental delays, vision loss, hearing loss, and have a much slower disease progression. There is no specific treatment for ZSS. Although ZSS disorders are not a primary disease target for testing, this test will detect infants with these disorders.


An interpretive report will be provided.


In females: Elevations of C24 LPC or C26 LPC may be indicative of heterozygosity for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), or other forms of peroxisomal disorders.


In males: Elevations of C24 LPC or C26 LPC may be indicative of X-ALD or other forms of peroxisomal disorders.


Abnormal results are not sufficient to conclusively establish a diagnosis of a particular disease. To verify a preliminary diagnosis based on the analysis, independent biochemical (eg, in vitro enzyme assay) or molecular genetic analyses are required.

Clinical Reference

1. Hubbard WC, Moser AB, Liu AC, et al: Newborn screening for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD): validation of a combined liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method. Mol Genet Metab 2009;97(3):212-220

2. Haynes CA, De Jesus VR: Improved analysis of C26:0-lysophosphatidylcholine in dried-blood spots via negative ion mode HPLC-ESI-MS/MS for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy newborn screening. Clinica Chimica Acta 2012;413(15-16)1217-1221

3. Sandlers Y, Moser AB, Hubbard LE, et al: Combined extraction of acyl carnitines and C26:0 lysophosphatidylcholine from dried blood spots: prospective newborn screening for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. Mol Genet Metab 2012;105(3)416-420

Day(s) Performed


Report Available

2 to 7 days


1. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602) in Special Instructions

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

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