Vitamin B6 Nhs

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E many different types of vitamin B.

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Are nutrients your body needs in small amounts to work properly and stay healthy.

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Vitamin B6 is widely distributed in food and is dephosphorylated by alkaline phosphatase in the gut for absorption.
Following absorption ATP dependent phosphorylation restores phosphate ester forms. Deficiency of Vitamin B6 leads to increased homocysteine levels. Iron absorption is also compromised.
Use of mega dose Vitamin B6 (up to 6000mg/day compared with a reference nutrient intake several order of magnitude lower) has been described eg. Type 1 primary hyperoxaluria (AGT enzyme needs Vitamin B6 as cofactor), Idiopathic carpal tunnel, PMT, Schizophrenia, Autism Vit B6 toxicity results in peripheral neuropathy and encephalopathy. Elevated Vitamin B6 may be seen with hypophosphatasia (low alkaline phosphatase).

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Condition / Indication: Rarely indicated test

Special precautions & notes: Rarely indicated, please phone to discuss. Protect from light. Transport on ice.
Container: EDTA (Lavender top)

Alternative Container: Li Heparin (Green Top)

Ideal Volume (Ml): 4 Ml

Referred Outside Nbt For Analysis?


Discipline: Clinical Biochemistry

Turnaround time: 3 weeks

Referral location: Nutristasis Unit, Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Viapath Pathology, 8th Floor, North Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, SE1 .

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