8 - 12 days
Whole Blood Copper
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Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP/OES)
In complications associated with diabetes, sickle cell disease and rheumatoid arthritis, copper is known to initiate free radical formation and lipid peroxidation.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Collect specimen in a royal blue top (trace element) tube with EDTA (K2) . Send intact specimen to specimen processing within 2 hours of collection.
Call MLabs at 800-862-7284 to order Royal Blue (trace element) Vacutainer® tubes and/or Metal-Free Aliquot Transfer Tubes. Collect specimen in a royal blue top (trace element) tube with EDTA (K2). Centrifuge and remove plasma within 2 hours of collection (KEEP red blood cells). Leave RBCs in original royal blue top tube (replacing original stopper). Refrigerate