Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9)


Blood Test Types

Tests Included
Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9)
Lab Draw Location
Quest Diagnostics
This lab test can be purchased without a physician and drawn at a Quest Diagnostics location. A small draw fee of $ 8 will be applied at checkout. There are no other "hidden" fees unless noted on the lab test.
Currently, NY, NJ, and RI state laws prohibit direct-access testing. This lab test cannot be conducted at lab locations within these states at this time.

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9)

Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is an enzyme that breaks down proteins in the extracellular matrix. It plays a role in tissue remodeling, wound healing, and immune system regulation. MMP-9 levels can become elevated due to chronic inflammation.

Some physicians order the MMP-9 blood test for patients with chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) and mold illness to help evaluate inflammation levels in the body. CIRS is a condition characterized by chronic fatigue, pain, neurocognitive symptoms, and other problems potentially caused by exposure to biotoxins like mold.

Exposure to mold and biotoxins is thought to create a chronic inflammatory state in some people. Elevated MMP-9 may indicate ongoing inflammation and immune dysregulation in those with CIRS. The test may be used to monitor inflammation during treatment and recovery.

While MMP-9 is not a specific marker for CIRS or mold illness, some functional and integrative medicine practitioners believe it can be a helpful data point along with other lab tests and clinical evaluation

Frequently asked questions

Can Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) be ordered without a doctor?

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) can be ordered without a doctor through the "More Details" link.

What does Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) test for?

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) tests for: Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9)

Where can Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) be drawn?

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is drawn at Quest Diagnostics without a doctor

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