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Test Code GDF15 Growth Differentiation Factor 15, Plasma

Useful For

A circulating biomarker in myopathy-related mitochondrial disease as well as other conditions


Investigation of patients suspected of having a mitochondrial myopathy


This assay is not suitable for carrier detection.

Method Name

Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)

Reporting Name

Growth Differentiation Factor 15, P

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Green top (sodium heparin)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Draw blood and centrifuge immediately.

2. Aliquot plasma into plastic vial.

3. Do not expose specimen to heat or direct sunlight.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Plasma Refrigerated (preferred) 90 days
  Frozen  90 days
  Ambient  28 days

Reference Values

3 months* and older: ≤750 pg/mL

*This test is not recommended for infants younger than 3 months of age due to the high levels of growth differentiation factor 15 contributed from the placenta during pregnancy.

Day(s) Performed

Wednesday, Friday

Report Available

8 to 15 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GDF15 Growth Differentiation Factor 15, P 92665-9


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
64637 Growth Differentiation Factor 15, P 92665-9


1. Biochemical Genetics Patient Information (T602)

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Neurology Specialty Testing Client Test Request (T732)

-Biochemical Genetics Test Request (T798)

Testing Algorithm

For more information see Epilepsy: Unexplained Refractory and/or Familial Testing Algorithm