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Homocysteine HCY

Homocysteine HCY is an amino acid that is metabolized normally in the presence of B vitamins.

High values result from states of inability to metabolize it and are associated with intravascular inflammations and nerve tissue inflammations.

Homocysteine HCY is used as an indicator:

  • Lack of vitamins of the B complex (B6, B9 Folic acid, B12) due to a nutritional disorder or due to malabsorption (stomach disorders)
  • Cardiovascular risk index - thrombophilia due to a specific mutation in the MTHFR gene
  • Indicator of more general inflammation in overweight people, smokers, etc.

Homocysteine can be included in a preventive check-up with the aim of a more detailed picture of cardiovascular risk and situations of nutritional disorders - malabsorption.

It is recommended to measure it in people with:

  1. their individual experience or from their 1st and 2nd-degree relatives in cardiovascular events, for no apparent reason (strokes, heart attacks, embolisms)
  2. 1st and 2nd-degree relatives with high homocysteine
  3. signs of B vitamin deficiency (high red cell MCV, headaches, lack of concentration, neuritis, fatigue, cachexia)
  4. digestive disorders (gastritis, ulcer, celiac disease, gastrointestinal operations, etc.)

For healthy adults, the following are indicative:

  1. Men: 6.0-14.0 µg/dL
  2. Women: 5.5 -13.0 µg/dL

Simple blood collection at any time of the day, without preparing food or avoiding medication

The results are given on the same day for blood draws until 12.00

The cost of a single examination is 20 euros*.

The examination is prescribed at the EOPYY**, with the participation of the examinee as defined in the referral (15%, unless otherwise stated)

*A 25% discount applies when participating in Check Up

**In our center we have doctors with the right to prescribe EOPYY prescriptions

Information selected - indicative with sources: Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests - J.Wallach and

The choice and explanation of the use of the analysis is the exclusive responsibility of your doctor

Edited by : Ioannis Grattisia Head of Laboratory / MSc Clinical Biochemistry - Molecular Biology

April 2019

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