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Cholinesterase is an enzyme that supports the proper functioning of the nervous system. There are two types of cholinesterase:
The enzyme plays a vital role in transmitting the nerve impulse by breaking down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. A reduction in the activity of the cholinesterase leads to an excess of acetylcholine in the nerve ending, leading to overstimulation of nerves within the body.
A serum cholinesterase test identifies the efficacy of the nervous system function to avoid overstimulation of post-synaptic nerves, exocrine glands, and muscles. Your doctor may suggest the cholinesterase test to:
Apollo 24|7 has an all-inclusive panel for blood cholinesterase test to measure the following parameters:
Organophosphate pesticide exposure: Most insecticides and pesticides contain organophosphates that inhibit the activity of cholinesterase and pseudocholinesterase. These chemicals can enter the system by inhalation, ingestion, or epidermal exposure. Hence, finding out the levels through a blood cholinesterase test can estimate the level of poisoning in the body. This further aids in reducing occupational exposure to the chemicals.
Pseudocholinesterase deficiency: Some individuals have a genetic disorder that causes the lack of pseudocholinesterase. As a result, the individual experiences a long-lasting effect of powerful drugs. In such a case, muscle relaxants and anaesthesia lead to apnea and muscle paralysis. Hence, the more extended bioavailability of drugs could cause severe complications in the body.
A blood cholinesterase test is essential because inactivity of the enzyme causes impairment of neuromuscular junction. The muscles remain at the contracted stage until the enzyme breaks down the molecule into choline and acetic acid. This tension in the muscle could lead to severe conditions, which might become permanent.
Below are some of the symptoms that can be taken as a sign to go for a serum cholinesterase test:
In addition, many severe cases may lead to seizures, coma, and death. The starting signs of going for a blood cholinesterase test could be the twitching of muscles.
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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