Synonyms: B6, Vitamin; PLP; Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate; Pyridoxine

Why It Is Done

*Detect large doses of vitamin B-6 which can cause neurological disorders and numbness.*Detect deficiency of this vitamin can cause mouth and tongue sores, irritability, confusion, and depression.

Test Overview

Vitamin B-6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B complex.

Vitamin B-6 plays a role in the synthesis of antibodies by the immune system. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B-6 helps maintain normal nerve function and also acts in the formation of red blood cells. It is also required for the chemical reactions needed to digest proteins. The higher the protein intake, the more the need for vitamin B-6.

How To Prepare

Patient must be restricted from alcohol and vitamins for at least 24 hours before collection of specimen