Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI

Diagnosis and Testing

Does it matter if you test blood versus saliva versus a biopsy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI?

In Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI, the arylsulfatase B enzyme is not working properly. Testing for the enzyme level is best performed in a blood sample. Genetic testing can sometimes be done on a saliva sample, but there is a possibility of not being able to get enough DNA, or genetic information, from the saliva sample to do the testing, especially for multiple gene panel testing.

For more information about genetic testing options, including panel testing, go to GeneTests.org.

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