Folic Acid, Serum



The folic acid serum test measures the level of folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, in the blood. Folic acid is essential for the formation of red blood cells and the production of DNA, which stores genetic codes. The test is often performed together with a vitamin B12 test, as both are important for various bodily functions, including the production of red blood cells and the maintenance of nerve tissue

Indications of the Test:

Indications of the Test:

The test is done to check for folic acid deficiency, which can lead to conditions such as megaloblastic anemia. It is also used to assess folate levels in pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant, as adequate folic acid intake is crucial for preventing neural tube defects in the fetus

Patient Preparation/Instructions:

  • Fast for 6 hours before the test.
  • Avoid drugs that may interfere with the test results, including folic acid supplements.
  • Inform the healthcare provider about any medications being taken, as some can affect folic acid measurements

Typical Reference Values:


Normal results: 5.8-32.8 ng/mL for serum folate
Biochemical deficiency: <3 ng/mL for serum folate
Low serum folate during pregnancy: associated with neural tube defects in the fetus

Turnaround Time:

The typical turnaround time for this test is 1-2 days.

Order This Test:

You can order this folic Acid test from any part of Kenya by clicking the “Order Test” button and adding it to the cart. Ensure that you are fasting for 6 hours before the test and follow the provided patient preparation instructions

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