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Vitamin E

Overview

Vitamin E is a blood test conducted to examine the level of vitamin E in the body.

What is the Vitamin E test?

Vitamin E is a lab test employed to examine the level of vitamin E in the body, which is essential for the body to function. It enables nerves and muscles to function efficiently, prevent blood clots, and enhance the immune system. Vitamin E is a type of antioxidant, a substance that guards cells against any damage.

Why is the Vitamin E test suggested?

The vitamin E test is suggested in the following instances:

  • Muscle weakness.
  • Slow reflexes.
  • Difficulty or unsteady walking.
  • Vision problems.

The vitamin E test is also suggested when a patient shows symptoms of vitamin E deficiency or has vitamin E in excess.

How is the Vitamin E test performed?

In the vitamin E test, a blood sample drawn from a vein in the patient’s arm.

What are the parameters measured in the Vitamin E test?

The normal range of vitamin E in the blood in adults is 5.5-17 µg/mL. In children, it is 3-18.4 µg/mL.

Preparation before performing the Vitamin E test

The doctor may advise fasting (not eating or drinking) for 12-14 hours before the vitamin E test.

Post-care after the Vitamin E test

The vitamin E test is a simple procedure. No special care is required after the sample is extracted for testing. 

Sample types in Vitamin E

A blood sample is required in the vitamin E test.

Side effects/Risks of the Vitamin E test

There are no risks associated with having blood drawn in the vitamin E test. The patient may feel lightheaded in the worst-case scenario.

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