Days Set Up
Analytic Time

3 days

MiChart Code
Manganese, RBC
Soft Order Code

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Manganese, Erythrocytes
RBC Manganese

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Test Usage

Manganese deficiency produces growth disorders, alters skeletal and cartilage formation, and impairs reproduction. Industrial workers absorb manganese mainly through the lungs.

Reference Range

Manganese, Plasma: <2.0 ng/mL. Manganese, RBC: 11.0 - 23.0 ng/mL.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Royal blue (trace element) and/or Metal-Free aliquot tubes are available from MLabs (800-862-7284). Collect blood in a royal blue top (trace element) tube with EDTA (K2). Centrifuge and aliquot plasma into a metal-free tube within 2 hours of collection (KEEP red blood cells). Leave RBCs in original royal blue top tube (replacing original stopper). Rubber band RBC tube to plasma aliquot to keep them together and refrigerate.

Trace Element Tube – K2 EDTA
Normal Volume
6 mL whole blood (3 mL RBC plus plasma)
Minimum Volume
1 mL whole blood (0.25 mL RBC plus plasma)

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.