FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are mitochondria?
Mitochondria are organelles in the cells that produce energy to power the cell. In other words, they produce energy (ATP) which is the energy currency of the cell needed for all bodily functions. They also have their own DNA, which makes them highly dynamic. Otherwise known as the “power plants” of the body, their proper function is critical for overall health and longevity.
What is MITOSWAB™?
MITOSWAB™ is a non-invasive test that quantitatively and qualitatively analyzes the Electron Transport Chain (ETC) of the mitochondria to evaluate mitochondrial dysfunction. It reports on the function of Complex I, Complex IV, which are critical components of the Electron Transport Chain of the mitochondria. Citrate synthase is also measured and it quantifies the number of mitochondria in the sample. Information about mitochondrial function is important and can assist in developing therapeutic strategies for mitochondrial health.
How would MITOSWAB™ help the patient?
MITOSWAB™ is a helpful tool used in the diagnosis of mitochondrial dysfunction. It is also a valuable tool that can be used to monitor therapy. MITOSWAB™ has a correlation of 84% to the muscle biopsy, considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of mitochondrial dysfunction. The muscle biopsy, however, is invasive. MITOSWAB™ provides an excellent alternative as a potential first line test for mitochondrial dysfunction.
What is a buccal swab?
A buccal swab is a simple swab of the inside of the cheek. MITOSWAB™ requires 2 swabs of both the right and left check. It is a simple procedure that is quick and easy to perform. It can be done at home and at your convenience.
Where do I send the sample?
The MITOSWAB™ kit contains a return envelope to send in your sample. The address for MITOSWAB™ is:
5110 Campus Drive, Suite #120
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
How do I collect the sample?
Please see the instructions included in the MITOSWAB™ kit. Also, you may find the sample collection information on our website at: Sample Collection Form
Do I have to fast before collecting a sample?
No, you do not need to fast prior to collecting a sample.
Do I have to wash my mouth before collecting the sample?
Yes, it is preferred to rinse your mouth with water prior to a sample collection. Please don’t use mouthwash or any type of alcohol to rinse.
Do I have to be off any medications/supplements before collecting a sample?
Some medications/supplements may affect the mitochondrial function. Please consult your health care practitioner for guidance. It is advised to document the list of the medications before collecting the sample.
Do you accept samples from international patients?
Please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible to address logistics.
What Is The Cost Of MitoSwab Test®?
The out of pocket maximum is $400 for the MitoSwab test.
We accept all major credit cards and checks for payment.
This cost includes the shipping cost.
There is NO cost for ordering a MitoSwab test kit. We send the kit free of charge.
Do Insurance companies Reimburse For The MitoSwab Test?
We are working with all the major insurances carriers to be an in-network provider.
We are an in-network provider for Medicare.
We are an out of network provider for most of the private providers.
We are happy to check your eligibility of benefits.
Please contact us for further details.