No preparation required

MRP760025% off
circle logo₹285 cashback

testsTest(s) Included (1)


    1 test included



blood sample




Age group

7 years & above

Carnitine is an amino acid that the body uses to turn fats into energy. Low levels of carnitine interfere with the conversion of fats into energy, due to which the body uses blood sugar for energy production. It can lead to many health problems. Carnitine deficiency can cause muscle weakness and cardiovascular or liver problems.

The carnitine test measures the level of carnitine in blood to detect various muscle disorders.

Carnitine Test – Overview

The primary step for opting for a carnitine test is identifying the problem using biological tests. This includes a complete blood count test to determine if the patient has anaemia or an abnormal count of blood components. 

Testing blood sugar levels before taking for a carnitine test can also help relate to the symptoms. This is because when the utilisation of fatty acids reduces, there is an increase in the use of sugar molecules for energy. Hence, blood glucose level estimates whether the suggested symptom is present or not. 

There are several reasons behind carnitine deficiency or disruption in the carnitine cycle. This could involve kidney, liver, or electrolyte concentration problems in the blood. 

It is essential to consult with your doctor and seek genetic testing. Sometimes, the problem is due to the inheritance of specific genes, which allows the patient to manage it better. 

Low carnitine levels in the blood indicate that the person suffers from carnitine deficiency. It could be a primary or a secondary deficiency based on the results of other tests. 

Once the presence of carnitine deficiency is confirmed, based on the carnitine test result, some external supplements are also suggested.

Who Should Get Tested? 

People with carnitine deficiency can have symptoms like fatigue and weakness. Due to low sugar levels, they can often experience dizziness while doing heavy work or during exercises. 

However, people who are already suffering from issues in their liver or kidney and are observing weight gain must opt for a carnitine test. This can help prevent the patients from being at risk of developing cirrhosis and academia.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Hitendra Garg,  Gastroenterologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Carnitine is a chemical produced in the kidneys, liver, and brain. It’s responsible for transforming fat into energy. This chemical is also accountable for important brain and heart function, muscle movement, and several other bodily processes. It plays a significant role in producing energy and transporting toxic compounds from the cells to prevent accumulation.
Carnitine deficiency is of two kinds: Primary carnitine deficiency: This rare condition occurs due to an abnormal gene. This abnormal gene clashes with the carrier of carnitine that takes it across the cells in the blood. This condition slowly leads to low carnitine levels in the muscles. So, it renders the body fat unusable, and no energy can be derived from it.  Secondary carnitine deficiency: This occurs more commonly than primary carnitine deficiency. In this case, the issue isn’t how to carry carnitine through the blood cells. The problem is the lack of carnitine in the blood itself.
Several factors can cause carnitine deficiency. The primary carnitine deficiency happens due to an abnormal gene. Secondary carnitine deficiency is caused due to any of the following health ailments: Kidney disease, especially if it involves dialysis Liver disease Malnutrition Digestive system troubles that lead to poor absorption Metabolic disorders Mitochondrial disease Consumption of specific medications like valproate
Primary carnitine deficiency causes more intense and severe symptoms than secondary carnitine deficiency. Symptoms may vary from person to person. If you believe you suffer from carnitine deficiency, you will notice the following signs: Fatigue or tiredness Floppy or decreased muscle tone Weakness in muscle Irritability Hypoglycemia, or symptoms of low blood sugar that indicate an effect on the liver Delayed motor development Shortness of breath Swelling or oedema Poor feeding patterns in the baby
If you suffer from carnitine deficiency, the primary treatment option is taking L-carnitine supplements. It’s a pill that will enhance the carnitine levels in your cells and blood. Additionally, exposure to cold, skipping meals, and extensive exercise may worsen the symptoms. So, try to stay away from these things to maintain your health.

Most Popular tests & packages

Complete Blood Count (CBC) | Glucose, Fasting | HbA1c, Glycated Hemoglobin | Dengue NS1 Antigen - Elisa | Complete Urine Examination | Glucose, Post Prandial (PP), 2 Hours (Post Meal) | Lipid Profile | Liver Function Test (LFT) | Thyroid Profile (Total T3, Total T4, TSH) | Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Serum | C - Reactive Protein CRP (Quantitative) | Creatinine, Serum | Platelet Count | Culture And Sensitivity Urine | Peripheral Smear For Malarial Parasite (MP) | Renal Profile/Renal Function Test (RFT/KFT) | Widal Test ( Slide Method ) | Glucose, Random | Dengue Profile - Elisa | Uric Acid - Serum | Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) | Total Beta - HCG (TB-HCG) | Hemoglobin | Hemogram | Electrolytes - Serum | Vitamin B12 | Prothrombin Time (PT/INR) | Potassium - Serum / Plasma | Thyroid Profile - Free (FT3, FT4, TSH) | Urea And Creatinine | Sodium - Serum | Vitamin D - 25 Hydroxy (D2+D3) | Blood Group ABO And RH Factor | Dengue Fever NS1 Antigen, Rapid | Hiv Rapid

Carnitine near you

Carnitine in Beeramguda | Carnitine in Begumpet | Carnitine in Kondapur Junction | Carnitine in Kondapur | Carnitine in Kukatpally Housing Board Colony | Carnitine in Kukatpally Metro Parking | Carnitine in Lingampally | Carnitine in Madhapur | Carnitine in Manikonda | Carnitine in Miyapur | Carnitine in My Home Jewel Road | Carnitine in Nizampet | Carnitine in Sri Lakshmi Residency | Carnitine in Malkajgiri | Carnitine in Gachibowli | Carnitine in Gopanapalli | Carnitine in Jagadgiri Gutta | Carnitine in Kanaka Durga Temple | Carnitine in Masjid Banda | Carnitine in Mayuri Nagar Welfare Association | Carnitine in Palm Breeze Rd | Carnitine in Pragathi Enclave | Carnitine in Rtc Colony | Carnitine in Kothaguda X Road | Carnitine in Rethibowli | Carnitine in Banjara Hills | Carnitine in Borabanda | Carnitine in Kukatpally | Carnitine in Hitech City | Carnitine in Bhaskar Nagar | Carnitine in Manikonda | Carnitine in Balanagar Township | Carnitine in Hmt Township | Carnitine in Nizampet | Carnitine in Administrative Buildings | Carnitine in Amberpet | Carnitine in Attapur | Carnitine in Central Secretariat | Carnitine in Dattatreya Colony | Carnitine in Falaknuma | Carnitine in Hasannagar | Carnitine in I.e.nacharam | Carnitine in Jubilee Hills | Carnitine in Malakpet Colony | Carnitine in Raj Bhawan | Carnitine in Sitaphalmandi | Carnitine in Cuc | Carnitine in Manuu | Carnitine in Bowenpally

Why should Apollo be your preferred healthcare partner?

  • 40 Years of legacy and credibility in the healthcare industry.
  • NABL certified multi-channel digital healthcare platform.
  • Affordable diagnostic solutions with timely and accurate test results.
  • Up to 60% discount on Doorstep Diagnostic Tests, Home Sample Collection.
  • An inventory of over 100+ laboratories, spread across the country, operating out of 120+ cities with 1200+ collection centers, serving over 1800+ pin codes.

The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results