Red Blood Cell Cholinesterase

Red Blood Cell Cholinesterase is a topic covered in the Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests.

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Synonym/Acronym:
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE), erythrocyte cholinesterase, true cholinesterase.

Rationale
To assess for pesticide toxicity and screen for cholinesterase deficiency, which may contribute to unrecoverable apnea after surgical induction with succinylcholine.

Patient Preparation
There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction.

Normal Findings
Method: Enzymatic.

TestConventional Units
RBC cholinesterase9,500–15,000 units/L

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
N/A

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