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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Zinc

Zinc

Brown clotted serum, gel barrier or orange lithium heparin

TestZinc
Common AbbreviationsZn, ZIN
ProfileNA
Tube typeBrown clotted serum, gel barrier or orange lithium heparin
Clinical IndicationZinc measurement is used to identify deficiency. It is also used in the monitoring those patients who are receiving nutritional support e.g. post bariatric surgery. Zinc deficiency in humans can lead to skin lesions, irritability, loss of hair and growth retardation in children. Zinc insufficiency is all associated with impaired immunological function.
Specimen TypeBlood
Sample typeSerum or plasma
Minimum Volume0.5mL If requesting more than 10 tests please send an additional brown clotted serum sample.
Special PrecautionsNo special requirements
Stability 7 days at 20-25°C and 2 weeks at 2-8°C.
Turnaround TimeInpatient: 4 days Outpatient/ GP: 4 days
LaboratorySt James's University Hospital Beckett Street Leeds LS9 7TF 0113 206 4256
Reference IntervalContact Referral Laboratory
LimitationsContact Referral Laboratory
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