Serum nickel may be informative in the investigation of toxic exposure. Nickel, Urine (0025045) is the preferred test for the determination of exposure. Measurement of nickel is not recommended in asymptomatic individuals or individuals with a low likelihood of exposure.
- Patient Preparation
- Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician).
- Royal Blue (No Additive).
- Specimen Preparation
- Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL serum within 2 hours of collection to an ARUP Trace Element-Free Transport Tube (ARUP supply #43116) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. (Min: 0.5 mL)
- Storage/Transport Temperature
- Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated or frozen.
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Plasma. Specimens that are not separated from clot, within 2 hours. Separator tubes or Royal Blue (EDTA). Specimens transported in tubes other than specified. Hemolyzed specimens.
- Ambient: Indefinitely; Refrigerated: Indefinitely; Frozen: Indefinitely
Serum nickel testing is intended to detect potentially toxic exposure.
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- Nickel serum level