Acid mucopolysaccharides is a test that measures the amount of mucopolysaccharides released into the urine over a 24-hour period. Mucopolysaccharides are long chains of sugar molecules found throughout the body, often in mucus and in fluid around the joints.
A 24-hour urine sample is needed.
There is no special preparation needed.
The test involves only normal urination, and there is no discomfort.
This test is done to diagnose a rare group of genetic disorders called mucopolysaccharidoses, including Hurler syndrome.
This test is usually only done in infants who have a family history of one of these disorders.
Normal levels vary with age and from lab to lab.
Abnormally high levels are a sign of mucopolysaccharidosis. Further tests are needed to determine the specific type of mucopolysaccharidosis.
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