Acid mucopolysaccharides is a test that measures the amount of mucopolysaccharides released into the urine over a 24-hour period. Mucopolysaccharides are long chains of sugar molecules found throughout the body, often in mucus and in fluid around the joints.
AMP; Dermatan sulfate - urine; Urine heparan sulfate; Urine dermatan sulfate; Heparan sulfate - urine
A 24-hour urine sample is needed.
There is no special preparation needed.
The test involves only normal urination, and there is no discomfort.
This test is done to diagnose a rare group of genetic disorders called mucopolysaccharidoses, including Hurler syndrome.
This test is usually only done in infants who have a family history of one of these disorders.
Normal levels vary with age and from lab to lab.
Abnormally high levels are a sign of mucopolysaccharidosis. Further tests are needed to determine the specific type of mucopolysaccharidosis.
Review Date: 5/20/2009
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. Copyright ©2010 A.D.A.M., Inc., as modified by University of California San Francisco. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Information developed by A.D.A.M., Inc. regarding tests and test results may not directly correspond with information provided by UCSF Medical Center. Please discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.