Specimen Requirements


Nickel, Serum

Specimen Requirement

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 advice of their physician).

Specimen collection:
Collect dark blue no additive, centrifuge within 2 hours of collection, transfer 2.0 mL serum to an ARUP metal-free screw top transport tube, indicate sample type on tube and send.


Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry


Room temp: 30 days, Refrigerated: 30 days, Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range

The reference range is determined by the performing laboratory and will show on the report.


3-5 days

Clinical Use

Serum nickel may be informative in the investigation of toxic exposure. Measurement of nickel is not recommended in asymptomatic individuals or individuals with a low likelihood of exposure.

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