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Test Code B0025
Test Summary

This test detects beta-galactosidase activity.

Turn-Around-Time (TAT)* 3  days
Acceptable Sample Types
Dried Blood Spots
Whole Blood (EDTA)
Acceptable Billing Types
Self (patient) Payment
Institutional Billing
*TAT starts after the sample and all required sample information is received at PerkinElmer Genomics, or after the benefits investigation is complete if requested for commercial insurance billing.

This test detects beta-galactosidase enzyme activity that has been associated with mucopolysaccharidosis type IVB, GM1 gangliosidosis, and galactosialidosis.

This test may be appropriate for individuals with a clinical suspicion of mucopolysaccharidosis type IVB and/or individuals with a family history of mucopolysaccharidosis type IVB.

Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVB is a disease associated with progressive skeletal disease. Age of onset is typically in early childhood with symptoms of short stature, knock knees, skeletal abnormalities of the ribs, chest, spine, hips, and wrists, hypermobile joints and/or restricted joint movement, underdevelopment of the odontoid process, spinal compression, clouded corneas, hearing loss, sleep apnea, distinct facial features, dental disorders, heart valve abnormalities, hepatomegaly, and umbilical and inguinal hernias. Life expectancy is reduced, with more severe forms causing death in late childhood. The incidence of mucopolysaccharidosis type IVB is estimated to be ~ 1 in 200,000.

Tandem mass spectrometry analysis can be coupled with liquid chromatography, a technique referred to as LC-MS/MS. In this methodology, chromatography is used to separate analytes of interest prior to measurement by the mass spectrometer. This separation reduces interference from matrix components and can also allow for the measurement of analytes that have the same mass (isobaric species), thereby improving analytical specificity compared to MS/MS.

Dried Blood Spots
Collection Container(s):

Dried blood spot card


Follow kit instructions. Briefly, allow blood to saturate card until indicated areas are filled and blood has soaked through card. Air dry card at ambient temperature for at least 3 hours.

  • NBS: Please contact PKIG to request the StepOne® kit.
  • Gene Sequencing: Please contact PKIG to request the DBS collection kit.
  • For pre-punched DBS: The required minimum 6 punches with 3.2 mm or 4 punches 4.75 mm.
Condition: Follow the instructions provided with the collection set. Store the dried blood at ambient temperature for up to two days. If the specimen cannot be sent as soon as it is dry, the filter paper should be placed in a sealable plastic bag and stored in a refrigerator (≤ 8°C) or preferably in a freezer.
Shipping: Follow kit instructions. Double bag and ship overnight at ambient temperature.
Whole Blood (EDTA)
Collection Container(s):

EDTA (purple top)


Infants (< 2-years): 2 to 3 mL; Children (>2-years): 3 to 5 mL; Older children and adults: Minimum 5mL. The blood tube should be inverted several times immediately after blood collection to prevent coagulation.

Condition: Store at ambient temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Shipping: Ship overnight at ambient temperature ensuring receipt within 5-days of collection.
Clotted or hemolyzed samples are not accepted.

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