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Test Code GCT Galactosemia Reflex, Blood

Reporting Name

Galactosemia Reflex, B

Useful For

Preferred test for diagnosis, carrier detection, and determination of genotype of galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase deficiency, the most common cause of galactosemia


Differentiating Duarte variant galactosemia from classic galactosemia


Confirming results of newborn screening programs

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
GAL14 Galactosemia Gene Analysis Yes No

Testing Algorithm

Testing begins with galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT) enzyme analysis. If GALT is greater than or equal to 24.5 nmol/h/mg of hemoglobin, testing is complete. No molecular test will be performed. If GALT is less than 24.5 nmol/h/mg of hemoglobin, GAL14 / Galactosemia Gene Analysis (14-Mutation Panel) will be performed at an additional charge.


See Galactosemia Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA

Specimen Required


Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Yellow top (ACD)

Specimen Volume: 5 mL

Additional Information: Patient's age is required.

Specimen Minimum Volume

2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Ambient  14 days

Reference Values

≥24.5 nmol/h/mg of hemoglobin

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 7 a.m. set up (specimen must arrive the day prior)

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

Galactose-1-Phosphate Uridyltransferase (GALT), Blood



Galactosemia Gene Analysis (14-Mutation Panel)

81401-GALT (galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase) (eg, galactosemia), common variants (eg, Q188R, S135L, K285N, T138M, L195P, Y209C, IVS2-2A->G, P171S, del5kb, N314D, L218L/N314D

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GCT Galactosemia Reflex, B In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
8333 Gal-1-P Uridyltransferase, RBC 24082-0
2296 Interpretation (GALT) 59462-2
58115 Reviewed By No LOINC Needed

Clinical Information

Galactosemia is an autosomal recessive disorder that results from a deficiency of 1 of the 3 enzymes catalyzing the conversion of galactose to glucose: galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT), galactokinase (GALK), and uridine diphosphate galactose-4-epimerase (GALE). GALT deficiency is the most common cause of galactosemia and is often referred to as classic galactosemia. The complete or near-complete deficiency of GALT enzyme is life threatening if left untreated. Complications in the neonatal period include failure to thrive, liver failure, sepsis, and death; even with survival, long-term intellectual disability can occur.


Galactosemia is treated by a galactose-restricted diet, which allows for rapid recovery from the acute symptoms and a generally good prognosis. Despite adequate treatment from an early age, individuals with galactosemia remain at increased risk for developmental delays, speech problems, and abnormalities of motor function. Females with galactosemia are at increased risk for premature ovarian failure. Based upon reports by newborn screening programs, the frequency of classic galactosemia in the United States is approximately 1 in 30,000, although literature reports range from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 60,000 live births.


Galactose-1-phosphate (Gal-1-P) accumulates in the erythrocytes of patients with galactosemia. The quantitative measurement of Gal-1-P is useful for monitoring compliance with dietary therapy. Gal-1-P is thought to be the causative factor for development of liver disease in these patients and, because of this, patients should maintain low levels and be monitored on a regular basis.


Duarte-variant galactosemia (compound heterozygosity for the Duarte mutation, N314D, and a classic mutation) is generally associated with higher levels of enzyme activity (5%-20%) than classic galactosemia (<5%); however, this may be indistinguishable by newborn screening assays. Typically, individuals with Duarte-variant galactosemia have a milder phenotype, but are also often treated with a low galactose diet during infancy. The Los Angeles variant, which consists of N314D and a second mutation, L218L, is associated with higher levels of GALT enzyme activity than the Duarte-variant allele.


Newborn screening for galactosemia is performed in all 50 US states, though the method by which potentially affected individuals are detected varies from state to state and may include the measurement of total galactose (galactose and Gal-1-P) and/or determining the activity of the GALT enzyme. The diagnosis of galactosemia is established by follow-up quantitative measurement of GALT enzyme activity. If enzyme levels are indicative of carrier or affected status, molecular testing for common GALT mutations may be performed. If 1 or both disease-causing mutations are not detected by targeted mutation analysis and biochemical testing has confirmed the diagnosis of galactosemia, sequencing of the GALT gene is available to identify private mutations.


See Galactosemia Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions for additional information.

Analytic Time

4 days

NY State Approved


Method Name

Enzyme Reaction Followed by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)


New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Please document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. An Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576) is available in Special Instructions.