Metals: Manganese




Chemical Pathology - Routine Laboratory

Clinical indications

Manganese (Mn) is a ubiquitous transition metal excreted by the liver via the bile with 1% excreted in the urine. It is considered to be an essential trace element with a recommended enteral daily allowance (RDA) of 2.5 to 5.0 mg/day. Manganese is essential in animals for skeletal growth and reproductive function. Tissue manganese stores remain constant throughout life. To date only a single-case report of manganese deficiency has been reported; symptoms included coagulopathy, hypocholesterolaemia and changes in hair colour

Specimen requirement

0.5ml whole blood in Trace metal container

Dispatch and handling instructions

Send whole blood by first class post

Turnaround time

2 to 4 weeks


Not applicable

Is it IS0 15189 accredited?