Total Lipid Fatty Acid Profile

Fatty acids are the structural backbone of complex lipids and thus are essential for membrane competency and cell-cell signaling. Fatty acids are also essential to the energetic balance of an organism. Genetic metabolic disorders, central and peripheral nervous system disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and nutritional deficiencies have been associated with fatty acid disregulation.

We measure Very Long Chain Fatty Acids, Branched Chain Fatty Acids, and relevant ratios. Our Total Lipid Fatty Acid Profile using plasma, serum or red blood cells includes a panel of C10 to C30 saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, essential, trans, branched chain fatty acids, plasmalogens (red cells only) and the triene/tetraene ratio. We also provide comparisons of various classes of fatty acids such as omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids.

Contact us for further details. To request this test, submit our Contract Research Project Test Form.

Contact Information


Kennedy Krieger Institute Genetics Laboratories
707 North Broadway
Room 500R
Baltimore, MD 21205

Billing Information:

Kennedy Krieger Institute Genetics Lab Billing Department
Attn: Ann Snitcher
Phone: (443) 923-2788
Fax: (443) 923-2755

Tax ID: 52-1524965
NPI Number1649595141


As of May 1, 2017, we will no longer be offering peroxisomal testing in skin fibroblasts. We will continue to offer prenatal testing in cultured cells.

The laboratory was recently reaccredited by CAP. This accreditation extends through June 30, 2019.