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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
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Is slightly elevated Citrulline levels and slightly elevated

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Is slightly elevated Citrulline levels and slightly elevated Asparagine levels cause for concern? Citrulline was 41 with a reference range of 4-38 and Asparagine was 66 with a reference range of 16-60. What would cause elevation of those blood plasma levels?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 1 year ago.
Hello, both are related amino acids from our diet. Major source is watermelon. No harm occurs with slight elevation if there are no other anomalies, especially kidney related.Both are useful in keeping our capillaries dilated and blood pressure in check.
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 1 year ago.
Some disease processes involve antibodies against these two, like rheumatic arthritis. So if there are no antibodies against these two amino acids, there should be no problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The blood plasma test was done on my child because she has had memory problems that have been increasingly getting worse. I was told that elevated Citrulline could be the cause? Is that theory impossible? She has not been eating watermelon and hasn't had any for ar least a month.
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 1 year ago.
This slight excess can never cause memory problem. Body enzymes capable of metabolising this amino acid exist and reflected in normal urea level of blood.Please be supportive and try educational measures to improve learning, memory retention and recall etc.

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