Methylmalonic Acid, Blood
This test measures the levels of Methylmalonic acid (MMA) in the blood. It is a very useful, sensitive and early test to measure for vitamin B12 deficiency.
Methylmalonic acid (MMA) is a substance which is necessary for human metabolism and energy production. It is typically produced in very small amounts in the body. Its main role is to be converted to succinyl Coenzyme A by vitamin B12. When there is not enough vitamin B12, MMA levels in the blood and urine rise. Therefore, this test, which measures the levels of MMA in the blood, is a very useful, sensitive and early test to measure for vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to other health problems, such as anemia, neuropathy and behavioural changes.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Dizziness Pale skin
• Fatigue, muscle weakness
• Rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeats
• Shortness of breath
• Sore tongue and mouth
• Tingling, numbness, and/or burning in the feet, hands, arms, and legs
Also Known As: MMA Blood
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for the Methylmalonic Acid Blood test is typically 6-8 business days