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Overview

Acetylcholinesterase is a serum that is found in the nerve tissue and red blood cells. It aids in the functioning of the nervous system.

What is Acetylcholinesterase?

The presence of acetylcholinesterase in the body is measured using the blood test serum cholinesterase. Acetylcholinesterase plays a major role in sending signals from the nerves.

Acetylcholinesterase along with pseudocholinesterase is responsible for the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Why is the Acetylcholinesterase test suggested?

The Acetylcholinesterase test is suggested to check whether a patient has been exposed to chemicals called organophosphates. It may be suggested

  • To check cholinesterase levels in the blood.
  • To diagnose liver diseases.
  • To determine the underlying cause when a patient experiences prolonged apnea and muscle paralysis after using succinylcholine.

How is the Acetylcholinesterase test performed?

In the Acetylcholinesterase test, blood is drawn from a vein located on the side of the elbow.

The blood is then tested to check the levels of acetylcholinesterase.

What are the parameters measured in the Acetylcholinesterase test?

The cholinesterase test is used to measure the level of acetylcholinesterase along with pseudocholinesterase in the body.

Preparation before performing the Acetylcholinesterase test

No major preparation is needed before performing the Acetylcholinesterase test. For testing succinylcholine sensitivity in patients who have prolonged apnea, the blood sample must be obtained 24-48 hours after the surgery.

Post-care after the Acetylcholinesterase test

No special care is needed after performing the Acetylcholinesterase test.

  • The patient can resume regular activity after the acetylcholinesterase test.

Sample types in the Acetylcholinesterase test

A blood sample is taken from a vein on the side of the elbow or the back of the hand.

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Side effects/risks of the Acetylcholinesterase test

There are no recognized side effects or risks in performing the Acetylcholinesterase test. The patient may experience

  • Mild pain or sting when the needle is inserted.
  • Throbbing in the area where the needle was inserted after the procedure.

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