Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
|Royal Blue top tube; serum, no additive
6 mL serum from royal blue top (no additive) tube available from
Specimen Control, 6240 RCP.
Patient Preparation: Diet, medication, and
supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be
encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals,
and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of
Plasma. Separator tubes. Specimens that are not separated from the red
cells or clot within 6 hours.
Keep at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
Testing performed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays.
1-4 days upon receipt at reference laboratory.
0.0 - 15.0 μg/L
Serum aluminum greater than 50.0 μg/L is consistent with overload
and may correlate with toxicity.
Elevated results from noncertified trace element-free tubes may be due
to contamination. Elevated concentrations of trace elements in serum
should be confirmed with a second specimen collected in a trace
free tube, such as royal blue sterile tube (no additive).
Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry