Metals: Zinc




Chemical Pathology - Routine Laboratory

Clinical indications

Acquired zinc deficiency may occur in prolonged malabsorption, during parenteral nutrition, as a result of longstanding diet rich in zinc chelating agents or in a rare condition of defection zinc secretion in breast milk. Acrodermatitis enteropathica is a congenital condition of impaired zinc absorption resulting in skin lesions, alopecia and diarrhoea. Zinc deficiency results in low activity of alkaline phosphatase in plasma

Specimen requirement

0.4ml Lithium Heparin plasma

Dispatch and handling instructions

Separate plasma ASAP. Send by first class post

Turnaround time

1 to 2 weeks


Not applicable

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