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Quantitative determination of trimethylamine in urine by solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry

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Trimethylaminuria (fish odour syndrome) is diagnosed from an increase in urinary excretion of trimethylamine with decreased trimethylamine oxide. We report a new quantitative stable isotope dilution gas chromatography–mass spectrometry procedure for the analysis of these metabolites using solid-phase microextraction (SPME). Both polydimethylsiloxane and mixed Carboxen–polydimethylsiloxane SPME fibres were found to be suitable for the headspace extraction of TMA. This new sampling technique could have wide application for the analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds by metabolic screening laboratories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 1999

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