SUAC - Clinical: Succinylacetone, Blood Spot

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Test Name

Test ID: SUAC    
Succinylacetone, Blood Spot

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Second-tier newborn screening for tyrosinemia type 1 (Tyr 1) in blood spots with nonspecific elevations of tyrosine


Diagnosis of Tyr 1


Follow-up of patients with Tyr 1

Genetics Test Information Provides information that may help with selection of the correct genetic test or proper submission of the test request


Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Tyrosinemia type 1 (Tyr 1) is an autosomal recessive condition caused by fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase (FAH) deficiency. Tyr 1 can cause severe liver disease, hypophosphatemic rickets, renal tubular dysfunction, and neurologic crises. If left untreated, most patients die of liver failure in the first years of life. Treatment with 2-(2-nitro-4-trifluoromethylbenzoyl)-1,3 cyclohexanedione is available and is particularly effective when initiated in newborns. The incidence of Tyr 1 is approximately 1 in 100,000 live births.


While tyrosine can be determined by routine newborn screening, it is not a specific marker for Tyr I and often may be associated with common and benign transient tyrosinemia of the newborn. Succinylacetone (SUAC) is a specific marker for Tyr I, but is not detectable by routine newborn screening. This assay determines SUAC in newborn blood spots by tandem mass spectrometry. Additional follow-up testing may include confirmatory molecular analysis of the FAH gene.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Normal: <5.0 mcM


Elevations of succinylacetone (SUAC) above the reference range are indicative of tyrosinemia type 1 (Tyr 1).


Patients with Tyr I who are treated with diet and/or 2-(2-nitro-4-trifluoromethylbenzoyl)-1,3 cyclohexanedione (nitisinone) should have declining or normal values of SUAC.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Normal levels may be seen in affected individuals undergoing treatment.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Larochelle J, Alvarez F, Bussieres JF, et al: Effects of nitisinone (NTBC) treatment on the clinical course of hepatorenal tyrosinemia in Quebec. Mol Genet Metab 2012;107(1-2):49-54

2. Mitchell GA, Grompe M, Lambert M, Tanguay RM: Hypertyrosinemia. In The Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease. Eighth edition. Edited by CR Scriver, AL Beaudet, WS Sly, et al. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 2001, pp 1777-1805

3. De Jesus VR, Adam BW, Mandel D, et al: Succinylacetone as primary marker to detect tyrosinemia type I in newborns and its measurement by newborn screening programs. Mol Genet Metab 2014;113(1-2)67-75

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