Folic Acid, Serum

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    blood sample




    Age group

    Above 10 years

    This test measures the amount of folic acid in the blood and detects folic acid deficiency. Folic acid is a B vitamin that produces DNA which stores genetic codes and helps to form red blood cells. Consuming the right amount of folic acid before and during pregnancy helps prevent particular conditions like spina bifida. Pregnant women or women who are planning to become pregnant should take at least 600 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day under the guidance of a doctor. In addition, some women may need to take more folic acid if they have any previous history of neural tube defects in pregnancies. Your healthcare provider may ask you to not eat or drink for 6 hours before going for this test, and he may also tell you to stop taking any medicines that may interfere with test results.

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    Frequently asked questions

    A tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm to take the blood sample. The patient is then asked to make a fist. This helps in the build-up of blood filling the veins, making it easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein to prevent bacteria from entering. Needle is inserted into the vein of the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
    The lower-than-normal folic acid levels may indicate poor diet, malabsorption syndrome and malnutrition.
    Your doctor may ask you to stop certain medicines before undergoing this test. The medications that can decrease folic acid measurements are amino salicylic acid, birth control pills, oestrogens, certain antibiotics (Tetracycline, Ampicillin, Chloramphenicol, Erythromycin, and Penicillin) and drugs to treat malaria. Also, do not consume alcohol as it may decrease folic acid measurement.

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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