Sign in →

Test ID: PLSD Lysosomal and Peroxisomal Storage Disorders Screen, Blood Spot

Reporting Name

Lysosomal/Peroxisomal D/O Scrn, BS

Useful For

Evaluation of patients with a clinical presentation suggestive of a lysosomal storage disorder, specifically Gaucher, Niemann-Pick type A or type B, Pompe, Krabbe, Fabry disease, or mucopolysaccharidosis I; or a peroxisomal disorder, either X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy or Zellweger syndrome spectrum

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
MPSBS Mucopolysaccharidosis, BS Yes No
PSY Psychosine, BS Yes No
GPSY Glucopsychosine, BS Yes No
OXYBS Oxysterols, BS Yes No
PDBS Pompe Disease, BS Yes No
LGBBS Globotriaosylsphingosine, BS Yes No

Specimen Type

Whole blood

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 Blood spot

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


Acid beta-glucosidase

≥1.75 nmol/mL/hr

Niemann-Pick A/B


≥2.5 nmol/mL/hr


Acid alpha-glucosidase

≥3.0 nmol/mL/hr



≥0.4 nmol/mL/hr



≥2.75 nmol/mL/hr



≥2.0 nmol/mL/hr


C20 Lysophosphatidylcholine

≤1.00 mcg/mL


C22 Lysophosphatidylcholine

≤0.25 mcg/mL


C24 Lysophosphatidylcholine

≤0.30 mcg/mL


C26 Lysophosphatidylcholine

≤0.30 mcg/mL


Day(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
PLSD Lysosomal/Peroxisomal D/O Scrn, BS In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
34811 Acid Beta-Glucosidase 55917-9
34812 Sphingomyelinase 62316-5
34813 Acid Alpha-Glucosidase 55827-0
34814 Galactocerebrosidase 62310-8
34815 Alpha-Galactosidase 55908-8
34816 Alpha-L-Iduronidase 55909-6
34817 C20 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90920-0
34818 C22 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90921-8
34819 C24 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90922-6
34820 C26 Lysophosphatidylcholine 90923-4
34821 Interpretation (PLSD) 62301-7
34822 Reviewed By 18771-6

Clinical Information

Lysosomes are intracellular organelles that contain hydrolytic enzymes to degrade a variety of macromolecules. Lysosomal storage disorders are a diverse group of inherited diseases where macromolecules accumulate due to defects in their transport mechanisms across the lysosomal membrane or due to defective lysosomal enzyme function. Accumulation of these macromolecules in the lysosomes leads to cell damage and, eventually, organ dysfunction. More than 50 lysosomal storage disorders have been described with a wide phenotypic spectrum.


Gaucher disease results from a deficiency of the enzyme, beta-glucosidase caused by variants in the GBA gene. Beta-glucosidase facilitates the lysosomal degradation of glucosylceramide (glucocerebroside) and glucopsychosine (glucosylsphingosine). There are 3 described types of Gaucher disease with varying clinical presentations and age of onset, from a perinatal lethal disorder to an asymptomatic type. Features of all types of Gaucher disease include hepatosplenomegaly and hematological abnormalities. Treatment is available in the form of enzyme replacement therapy, substrate reduction therapy, and chaperone therapy for types 1 and 3. Currently, only supportive therapy is available for type 2.


Niemann-Pick disease types A and B are caused by a deficiency of sphingomyelinase due to variants in the SMPD1 gene. This results in extensive storage of sphingomyelin and cholesterol in the liver, spleen, lungs, and, to a lesser degree, brain. Classification of type A versus type B is based on the age of onset as well as the severity of symptoms. Niemann-Pick type A disease is more severe than type B and characterized by early onset with feeding problems, dystrophy, persistent jaundice, development of hepatosplenomegaly, neurological deterioration, deafness, and blindness leading to death by 3 years of age. Niemann-Pick type B disease is limited to visceral symptoms with survival into adulthood. Some patients have been described with intermediary phenotypes. Characteristic of the disease are large lipid-laden foam cells. Approximately 50% of cases have cherry-red spots in the macula.  Treatment is supportive, although there are clinical trials in place.


Pompe disease, also known as glycogen storage disease type II, is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA; acid maltase) due to variants in the GAA gene. The estimated incidence is 1 in 40,000 live births. In Pompe disease, glycogen that is taken up by lysosomes during physiologic cell turnover accumulates, causing lysosomal swelling, cell damage, and, eventually, organ dysfunction. The clinical presentation of Pompe disease ranges from a rapidly progressive infantile variant, which is uniformly lethal if untreated, to a more slowly progressive late-onset variant. All disease variants are eventually associated with progressive muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. Cardiomyopathy is associated almost exclusively with the infantile form. Enzyme replacement therapy is available for all variants and should be started as soon as possible for patients with the infantile variant and at the first signs of muscle weakness in the later onset variants.


Krabbe disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by variants in the GALC gene resulting in a deficiency of galactocerebrosidase (GALC, galactosylceramide beta-galactosidase). Galactosylceramide (as with sulfated galactosylceramide) is a lipid component of myelin. The absence of GALC results in globular, distended, multinucleated bodies in the basal ganglia, pontine nuclei, and cerebral white matter. There is severe demyelination throughout the brain with progressive cerebral degenerative disease affecting primarily the white matter. Severely affected individuals typically present between 3 to 6 months of age with increasing irritability and sensitivity to stimuli. Rapid neurodegeneration, including white matter disease, follows with death usually occurring by 2 years of age. A subset of individuals has later onset forms of the disease, which are characterized by ataxia, vision loss, weakness, and psychomotor regression. They can present anywhere from age 6 months to the seventh decade of life and, based on newborn screening experience in New York, appear to be more common than the earlier onset variants. Psychosine has been shown to be elevated in patients with clinical signs and symptoms of disease and, therefore, may be a useful biomarker for the presence of disease or disease progression. The only available therapy is hematopoietic stem cell transplantation that is best performed prior to the onset of clinical symptoms.


Fabry disease, caused by variants in the GLA gene, is an X-linked recessive disorder with an incidence of approximately 1 in 50,000 males. Symptoms result from a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (GLA; ceramide trihexosidase). Reduced GLA activity results in accumulation of glycosphingolipids in the lysosomes of both peripheral and visceral tissues. Severity and onset of symptoms are dependent on the residual GLA activity. Males with less than 1% GLA activity have the classic form of Fabry disease. Symptoms can appear in childhood or adolescence and usually include acroparesthesias (pain crises), multiple angiokeratomas, reduced or absent sweating, and corneal opacity. Renal insufficiency, leading to end-stage kidney disease and cardiac and cerebrovascular disease, generally occurs in middle age. Males with greater than1% GLA activity may present with a variant form of Fabry disease with onset of symptoms later in life. The renal variant generally has onset of symptoms in the third decade. The most prominent feature in this form is renal insufficiency and, ultimately, end stage kidney disease. Individuals with the renal variant may or may not share other symptoms with the classic form of Fabry disease. Individuals with the cardiac variant are often asymptomatic until they present with cardiac findings such as cardiomyopathy or mitral insufficiency in the fourth decade. The cardiac variant is not associated with kidney failure. Female patients who are carriers of Fabry disease can have clinical presentations ranging from asymptomatic to severely affected. Enzyme replacement therapy is a treatment option for both male and female patients with Fabry disease.


Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a reduced or absent activity of the alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA) enzyme. Reduced IDUA activity results in accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (mucopolysaccharides) within the lysosome. The clinical presentation and severity of symptoms of MPS I are variable, ranging from severe disease to attenuated variants (historically known as Hurler-Scheie disease and Scheie disease) that generally present with a later onset and a milder clinical presentation. In general, symptoms may include coarse facies, progressive dysostosis multiplex, hepatosplenomegaly, corneal clouding, hearing loss, intellectual disability or learning difficulties, and cardiac valvular disease. MPS-I is caused by genetic variants in the IDUA gene and has an estimated incidence of approximately 1 in 100,000 live births. Treatment options include hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and enzyme replacement therapy.


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, 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 disorders are characterized by defective assembly of the entire organelle, whereas in single enzyme/transporter defects such as X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (XALD), the organelle is intact, but a specific function is disrupted. These disorders are clinically diverse and range in severity from neonatal lethal to milder, later onset variants.


XALD 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 male patients. A defect in the ABCD1 gene is responsible for the disease. XALD shows a wide range of phenotypic expressions. The clinical phenotypes occurring in male patients 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 is very rare after age 40. It is estimated that approximately 50% of heterozygous individuals are symptomatic and develop an AMN-like syndrome. Treatment options are hormone replacement therapy, dietary intervention, or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


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 variants 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, and hearing loss, and have a much slower disease progression. There is no specific treatment for ZSS.


An interpretive report will be provided.


When abnormal results are detected, a detailed interpretation is given, including an overview of the results and of their significance, a correlation to available clinical information, elements of differential diagnosis, recommendations for additional biochemical testing, and in vitro confirmatory studies (enzyme assay, molecular analysis), and a phone number to reach one of the laboratory directors in case the referring physician has additional questions.


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. Reuser AJ, Verheijen FW, Bali D, et al: The use of dried blood spot samples in the diagnosis of lysosomal storage disorders--current status and perspectives. Mol Genet Metab. 2011 Sep-Oct;104(1-2):144-148. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2011.07.014

2. Klouwer FCC, Ferdinandusse S, van Lenthe H, et al: Evaluation of C26:0-lysophosphatidylcholine and C26:0-carnitine as diagnostic markers for Zellweger spectrum disorders. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2017 Nov;40(6):875-881. doi: 10.1007/s10545-017-0064-0

3. Huffnagel IC, van de Beek MC, Showers AL, et al: Comparison of C26:0-carnitine and C26:0-lysophosphatidylcholine as diagnostic markers in dried blood spots from newborns and patients with adrenoleukodystrophy. Mol Genet Metab. 2017 Dec;122(4):209-215

4. Part 15 Peroxisomes. In: Valle DL, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA. eds. The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. McGraw-Hill; 2019. Accessed June 16, 2021. Available at

5 Part 16 Lysosomal disorders. In: Valle DL, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA. eds. The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. McGraw-Hill; 2019. Accessed June 16, 2021. Available at

Report Available

2 to 8 days

Method Name

Flow Injection Analysis-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (FIA-MS/MS)

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 US Food and Drug Administration.

Ordering Guidance

To evaluate adult patients with a clinical presentation suggestive of adrenomyeloneuropathy, the recommended test is POX / Fatty Acid Profile, Peroxisomal (C22-C26), Serum. Lysophosphatidylcholine concentrations may not be consistently elevated in adult blood spots.

Specimen Required

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


Preferred: Card-Blood Spot Collection (Filter Paper)

Acceptable: PerkinElmer 226 (formerly Ahlstrom 226) filter paper, Munktell filter paper, Whatman Protein Saver 903 paper, or blood collected in tubes containing ACD, EDTA, or heparin and dried on acceptable filter paper

Specimen Volume: 2 blood spots

Collection Instructions:

1. An alternative blood collection option for a patient older than 1 year of age is fingerstick. See How to Collect Dried Blood Spot Samples via fingerstick.

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

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

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

5. Do not stack wet specimens.

6. Keep specimen dry.

Additional Information:

1. For collection instructions, see Blood Spot Collection Instructions

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

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


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available in Special Instructions:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

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

3. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Biochemical Genetics Test Request (T798) with the specimen.

Mayo Clinic Laboratories | Genetics and Pharmacogenomics Catalog Additional Information: