Acetylcholinesterase, erythrocyte

Referred to Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Surrey GU16 7UJ

Alternative names, keywords

Red cell acetylcholinesterase, erythrocyte cholinesterase, organophosphorus and carbamate poisoning, organophosphate exposure.

Samples required

EDTA blood (purple cap/ yellow cap ring, 4 mL tube). Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.

Pre- and post-exposure desirable.

Test indications

For investigation of organophosphorus pesticide exposure. For investigation of scoline apnoea please request serum cholinesterase.

Reference range

See report.

Turnaround time

Referral lab quotes turnaround time of 10 days, however additional time must be allowed for packing, dispatch and delivery of sample, and return and processing of results.


Biochemistry (Referrals)