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Test ID GALCW Galactocerebrosidase, Leukocytes

Ordering Guidance

This test will not detect carrier status. For differentiating alterations from disease-causing variants in affected patients and for carrier detection in family members, molecular sequencing of the GALC gene is necessary. Order KRABZ / Krabbe Disease, Full Gene Analysis and Large (30 kb) Deletion, Varies.

Shipping Instructions

For optimal isolation of leukocytes, it is recommended the specimen arrive refrigerate within 6 days of collection to be stabilized. Collect specimen Monday through Thursday only and not the day before a holiday. Specimen should be collected and packaged as close to shipping time as possible.

Specimen Required


Preferred: Yellow top (ACD solution B)

Acceptable: Yellow top (ACD solution A) or lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 6 mL

Collection Instructions: Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.


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:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602)

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

Useful For

Diagnosis of Krabbe disease


Follow-up testing for evaluation of an abnormal newborn screening result for Krabbe disease


This test is not intended for carrier detection.

Method Name

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

Reporting Name

Galactocerebrosidase, WBC

Specimen Type

Whole Blood ACD

Specimen Minimum Volume

2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood ACD Refrigerated (preferred) 6 days
  Ambient  6 days

Reference Values

≥0.300 nmol/hour/mg protein

An interpretative report will be provided.

Day(s) Performed

Preanalytical processing: Monday through Saturday

Testing performed: Monday, Wednesday

Report Available

5 to 9 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

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.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GALCW Galactocerebrosidase, WBC 24084-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
606270 Galactocerebrosidase, WBC 24084-6
606271 Interpretation 59462-2
606272 Reviewed By 18771-6