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.
Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry
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).
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)
Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated or frozen.
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
Less than or equal to 10.0 µg/L
Elevated results may be due to skin or collection-related contamination, including the use of a noncertified metal-free collection/transport tube. If contamination concerns exist due to elevated levels of serum nickel, confirmation with a second specimen collected in a certified metal-free tube is recommended.
Serum nickel testing is intended to detect potentially toxic exposure.
Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)
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- Nickel serum level