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erric Chloride Test for Phenylketonuria

The Ferric Chloride Test for Phenylketonuria is a diagnostic method for determining the existence of phenylpyruvic acid in urine, which is an indication of Phenylketonuria (PKU).PKU is a hereditary condition that impairs the body's capacity to produce insulin: Metabolize phenylalanine, an amino acid. Without proper metabolism, phenylalanine accumulates in the blood and can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures, and other health problems. This test is crucial for the early detection of PKU, which enables timely intervention and management.

  • Profile Name: erric Chloride Test for Phenylketonuria
  • Sample Type: Urine
  • Preparations Required: No special preparation is needed for this test.
  • Report Time: 24 hours

Phenylketonuria is usually present from birth, and early detection is vital. Newborns are typically screened for PKU, as early dietary management can prevent the severe consequences of this disorder. The Ferric Chloride Test is one of several tests that can identify abnormal levels of phenylalanine or its metabolites in the body.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Phenylketonuria is a genetic disorder that hinders the body's ability to metabolize an amino acid called phenylalanine. High levels of phenylalanine can be harmful to the brain and nervous system.

The Ferric Chloride Test is important as it helps in the early detection of PKU. Early diagnosis is critical because dietary management and intervention can prevent intellectual disability and other complications associated with PKU.

The test requires a urine sample, which is mixed with a small amount of ferric chloride. The change in color is observed. A green or blue color indicates the presence of phenylpyruvic acid, suggesting PKU.

No, fasting is not required for the Ferric Chloride Test.

The main treatment for PKU involves a strict diet that limits the intake of phenylalanine. This usually means avoiding high-protein foods. Some patients may also require supplements or medication

In babies, symptoms of PKU may include a musty odor to the breath, skin, or urine, intellectual disability, hyperactivity, seizures, and delayed development.

No, there are other tests such as blood tests that can be used to diagnose PKU. The Ferric Chloride Test is just one of the methods.

Ferric Chloride Test (For Phenylketonurea)
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