|Description||D-lactate is a product of bacterial overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract. It should not be confused with L-lactate which accumulates in some metabolic acidoses.
Useful for investigating D-lactate acidosis, described in patients with jejunoileal bypass and short-bowel syndrome.
|Specimen||Draw blood in a grey-top (potassium oxalate/sodium fluoride) tube. Spin down, separate, freeze 1.0 mL (minimum: 0.6 mL) of potassium oxalate/sodium fluoride plasma immediately in plastic vial, and send FROZEN on dry ice.|
|Reference Values||0.00 - 0.25 mmol/L|
|Analytic Time||2 Days|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Varies; 2 times per week|