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Test ID LSD6W Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Six-Enzyme Panel, Leukocytes

Ordering Guidance

Carrier detection using enzyme levels is unreliable for female patients with Fabry disease as results may be within the normal values. Order FABRZ / Fabry Disease, Full Gene Analysis, Varies for testing carrier status.

Shipping Instructions

For optimal isolation of leukocytes, it is recommended the specimen arrive refrigerated within 6 days of collection to be stabilized. Collect specimen Monday through Thursday only and not the day before a holiday. Specimen should be collected and packaged as close to shipping time as possible.

Specimen Required


Preferred: Yellow top (ACD solution B)

Acceptable: Yellow top (ACD solution A) or lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 6 mL

Collection Instructions: Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602)

3. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Biochemical Genetics Test Request (T798) with the specimen.

Useful For

Diagnosis of the lysosomal storage disorders: Fabry (in male patients), Gaucher, Krabbe, mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I), acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (Niemann-Pick types A and B), and Pompe (glycogen storage disorder type II)


This test is not intended for carrier detection.

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
GAAWR Acid Alpha-Glucosidase Reflex, WBC Yes, (Order GAAW) No
GALCR Galactocerebrosidase Reflex, WBC Yes, (Order GALCW) No

Method Name

Flow Injection Analysis-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (FIA-MS/MS)

Reporting Name

Lysosomal (Six) Panel, WBC

Specimen Type

Whole Blood ACD

Specimen Minimum Volume

2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood ACD Refrigerated (preferred) 6 days
  Ambient  6 days

Clinical Information

Lysosomes are intracellular organelles containing hydrolytic enzymes that degrade a variety of macromolecules. Lysosomal storage disorders are a diverse group of inherited diseases characterized by the intracellular accumulation of macromolecules due to defects in their transport mechanisms across the lysosomal membrane or due to defective lysosomal enzyme function. The accumulation of these macromolecules leads to cell damage and eventually, organ dysfunction. More than 40 lysosomal storage disorders have been described with a wide phenotypic spectrum.


Gaucher Disease:

Gaucher disease is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of the enzyme, acid beta-glucosidase (glucocerebrosidase) due to variants in the GBA gene. Beta-glucosidase facilitates the lysosomal degradation of glucosylceramide (glucocerebroside) and glucopsychosine (glucosylsphingosine). Impaired enzyme activity results in accumulation of undegraded glucocerebrosides in the lysosome, resulting in organ dysfunction and organomegaly. Gaucher cells, found in the spleen, bone marrow, lung, lymph nodes, and liver, are characteristic of the disease. There are 3 clinical types of Gaucher disease with varying presentations and age of onset but all include hepatosplenomegaly and hematological abnormalities as symptoms. Gaucher disease type I is the most common, representing more than 90% of cases. It is generally characterized by bone disease, hepatosplenomegaly, anemia and thrombocytopenia, coagulation abnormalities, lung disease, but no central nervous system involvement. Gaucher disease types II and III are characterized by the presence of primary neurologic disease. In addition, type II typically presents with limited psychomotor development, hepatosplenomegaly, and lung disease, resulting in death usually between 2 and 4 years of age. Individuals with Gaucher disease type III may present prior to 2 years of age, but the progression is not as rapid, and individuals may survive into the third and fourth decade of life. Treatment is available in the form of enzyme replacement therapy, substrate reduction therapy, and chaperone therapy for types 1 and 3 (type 3, subacute neuropathic/juvenile). Currently, only supportive therapy is available for type 2. The biomarker, glucopsychosine (GPSY / Glucopsychosine, Blood Spot), is elevated in symptomatic individuals and supports a diagnosis of Gaucher disease.


Acid Sphingomyelinase Deficiency, acute neurovisceral vs chronic visceral:

Historically known as Niemann-Pick disease types A and B, acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), acute neurovisceral vs chronic visceral results in extensive storage of sphingomyelin and cholesterol in the liver, spleen, lungs, and, to a lesser degree, brain. ASMD, acute neurovisceral  is more severe than the chronic visceral form and is characterized by early onset with feeding problems, dystrophy, persistent jaundice, development of hepatosplenomegaly, neurological deterioration, deafness, and blindness. Death typically occurs by age 3 years. ASMD, chronic visceral, affects many important internal organs, however, has little to no impact on neurologic function. It is more common than the acute form with survival into adulthood. Some individuals have been described with intermediary phenotypes. Characteristic of the disease are large lipid-laden foam cells. Approximately 50% of cases have cherry-red spots in the macula. ASMD is caused by variants in the SMPD1 gene, and affected individuals typically have elevation of the oxysterol, lyso-sphingomyelin; cholestane-3 beta, 5 alpha, 6 beta-triol (COT) or 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC) may also be elevated. For more information see OXYBS / Oxysterols, Blood Spot.


Pompe Disease:

Pompe disease, also known as glycogen storage disease type II, is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA; acid maltase) due to variants in the GAA gene. The estimated incidence is 1 in 40,000 live births. In Pompe disease, glycogen that is taken up by lysosomes during physiologic cell turnover accumulates, causing lysosomal swelling, cell damage, and organ dysfunction. This leads to progressive muscle weakness, cardiomyopathy, and eventually, death. The clinical phenotype appears to be dependent on residual enzyme activity. Complete loss of enzyme activity causes onset in infancy leading to death typically within the first year of life. Juvenile and adult-onset forms, as the names suggest, are characterized by later onset and longer survival. Because Pompe disease is considered a rare condition that progresses rapidly in infancy, the disease, in particular the juvenile and adult-onset forms, is often considered late, if at all, during the evaluation of individuals presenting with muscle hypotonia, weakness, or cardiomyopathy. Treatment with enzyme replacement therapy is available making early diagnosis of Pompe disease desirable, as early initiation of treatment may improve prognosis.


Krabbe Disease:

Krabbe disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of the enzyme, galactocerebrosidase (GALC), due to variants in the GALC gene. GALC facilitates the lysosomal degradation of psychosine (galactosylsphingosine) and 3 other substrates (galactosylceramide, lactosylceramide, and lactosylsphingosine). In individuals with Krabbe disease, reduced GALC activity results in impaired degradation of these substrates, causing severe demyelination throughout the brain with progressive cerebral degenerative disease affecting primarily the white matter. Severely affected individuals typically present between 3 to 6 months of age with increasing irritability and sensitivity to stimuli. Rapid neurodegeneration including white matter disease follows with death usually occurring by age 2 years. Juvenile- and adult-onset variants present later in life, progress more slowly, and based on newborn screening experience in New York, appear to be more common than the earlier onset variants. Of note, Krabbe disease variants, including pseudodeficiency, may not be discriminated by enzyme activity measurement. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, particularly when performed within the first few weeks of life, has shown variable benefit. Although rare, a few infants with an early onset Krabbe disease phenotype due to deficiency of saposin A have been found. Saposin A is a sphingolipid activator protein that assists galactocerebrosidase in its action on galactosylceramide. The biomarker, psychosine (PSY / Psychosine, Blood Spot) has been shown to be elevated in individuals with active Krabbe disease.


Fabry Disease:

Fabry disease, caused by variants in the GLA gene, is an X-linked recessive disorder with an incidence of approximately 1 in 50,000 male patients. Symptoms result from a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (GLA; ceramide trihexosidase). Reduced GLA activity results in accumulation of glycosphingolipids in the lysosomes of both peripheral and visceral tissues. Severity and onset of symptoms are dependent on the residual GLA activity. Male patients with less than 1% GLA activity have the classic form of Fabry disease. Symptoms can appear in childhood or adolescence and usually include acroparesthesias (pain crises), multiple angiokeratomas, reduced or absent sweating, and corneal opacity. Kidney insufficiency, leading to end-stage kidney disease, and cardiac and cerebrovascular disease, generally occurs in middle age. Male patients with more than 1% GLA activity may present with a variant form of Fabry disease. The kidney variant generally has onset of symptoms in the third decade. The most prominent feature in this form is kidney insufficiency and, ultimately, end-stage kidney disease. Individuals with this variant may or may not share other symptoms with the classic form of Fabry disease. Individuals with the cardiac variant are often asymptomatic until they present with cardiac findings such as cardiomyopathy or mitral insufficiency in the fourth decade. The cardiac variant is not associated with kidney failure. Female patients who are carriers of Fabry disease can have clinical presentations ranging from asymptomatic to severely affected. Measurement of GLA activity is not useful for identifying female patients with Fabry disease, as many carriers have normal enzyme activity. Additional studies including molecular genetic analysis of the GLA gene (FABRZ / Fabry Disease, Full Gene Analysis, Varies) are recommended to detect carriers. The biomarkers globotriaosylsphingosine (LGBBS / Globotriaosylsphingosine, Blood Spot) and ceramide trihexosides (CTSU / Ceramide Trihexosides and Sulfatides, Random, Urine) may be elevated in individuals with Fabry disease and may aid in the diagnostic evaluation of female patients.


Mucopolysaccharidosis I:

Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a reduced or absent activity of the alpha-L-iduronidase enzyme. The mucopolysaccharides, heparan sulfate and dermatan sulfate, are elevated in affected individuals (MPSBS / Mucopolysaccharidosis, Blood Spot) and support a diagnosis of MPS I. Deficiency of the alpha-L-iduronidase enzyme can result in a wide range of phenotypes further categorized into 3 syndromes: Hurler syndrome (MPS IH), Scheie syndrome (MPS IS), and Hurler-Scheie syndrome (MPS IH/S). Because there is no way to distinguish the syndromes biochemically, they are also referred to as MPS I and attenuated MPS I. Clinical features and severity of symptoms of MPS I are widely variable, ranging from severe disease to an attenuated form that generally presents at a later onset with a milder clinical presentation. In general, symptoms may include coarse facies, progressive dysostosis multiplex, hepatosplenomegaly, corneal clouding, hearing loss, mental retardation or learning difficulties, and cardiac valvular disease. MPS I is caused by variants in the IDUA gene and has an estimated incidence of approximately 1 in 100,000 live births. Treatment options include hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and enzyme replacement therapy.

Reference Values

Beta-Glucosidase: ≥3.53 nmol/hour/mg protein

Acid Sphingomyelinase: ≥0.32 nmol/hour/mg protein

Acid Alpha-Glucosidase: ≥5.00 nmol/hour/mg protein

Galactocerebrosidase: ≥1.88 nmol/hour/mg protein

Alpha-Galactosidase: ≥10.32 nmol/hour/mg protein

Alpha-L-Iduronidase: ≥2.06 nmol/hour/mg protein

Acid Alpha-Glucosidase (Reflex): ≥1.50 nmol/hour/mg protein

Galactocerebrosidase (Reflex): ≥0.300 nmol/hour/mg protein


An interpretative report will be provided.


Values below the reference ranges are consistent with a diagnosis of lysosomal storage disorders.


When abnormal results are detected, a detailed interpretation is given, including an overview of the results and of their significance, a correlation to available clinical information, elements of differential diagnosis, recommendations for additional biochemical testing, and in vitro, confirmatory studies (enzyme assay, molecular analysis), name and phone number of key contacts who may provide these studies, and a phone number to reach one of the laboratory directors in case the referring physician has additional questions.

Clinical Reference

1. Elliott S, Buroker N, Cournoyer JJ, et al: Pilot study of newborn screening for six lysosomal storage diseases using Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Mol Genet Metab. 2016 Aug;118(4):304-309

2. Matern D, Gavrilov D, Oglesbee D, Raymond K, Rinaldo P, Tortorelli S: Newborn screening for lysosomal storage disorders. Semin Perinatol. 2015 Apr;39(3):206-216

3. Valle D, Antonarakis S, Ballabio A, Beaudet AL, Mitchell GA, eds.: Lysosomal disorders. In: The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease (OMMBID). Part 16. McGraw-Hill; 2019. Accessed March 3, 2022. Available at

4. Liao HC, Spacil Z, Ghomashchi F, et al: Lymphocyte galactocerebrosidase activity by LC-MS/MS for post-newborn screening evaluation of Krabbe disease. Clin Chem. 2017 Aug;63(8):1363-1369

5. Lin N, Huang J, Violante S, et al: Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry assay of leukocyte acid alpha-glucosidase for post-newborn screening evaluation of Pompe disease. Clin Chem. 2017 Apr;63(4):842-851

Day(s) Performed

Preanalytical processing: Monday through Saturday.

Testing performed: Monday, Wednesday

Report Available

5 to 9 days

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information



83789 (if appropriate for government payers)

82542 (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LSD6W Lysosomal (Six) Panel, WBC 94489-2


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
606172 Beta-Glucosidase 32540-7
606173 Acid Sphingomyelinase 24101-8
606178 Acid Alpha-Glucosidase 24051-5
606179 Acid Alpha-Glucosidase (Reflex) 94488-4
606174 Galactocerebrosidase 24084-6
606175 Galactocerebrosidase (Reflex) 94487-6
606176 Alpha-L-Iduronidase 24057-2
606177 Alpha-Galactosidase 24049-9
606180 Interpretation 59462-2
606181 Reviewed By 18771-6