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Test ID FMNRB Manganese, Red Blood Cell

Method Name

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Reporting Name

Manganese, RBC

Specimen Type

Metal Free EDTA Plasma

Specimen Required

Collect whole blood in a metal-free EDTA (royal blue top) tube. Spin down and separate plasma and red blood cells immediately. Ship 3 mL plasma and 3 mL RBC in metal free tubes; refrigerate.


NOTE: Both plasma and RBCs are required for testing.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.25 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Metal Free EDTA Plasma Refrigerated (preferred) 5 days
  Ambient  72 hours
RBCS Refrigerated (preferred) 5 days
  Ambient  72 hours

Reference Values

Manganese, Plasma:     <2.0 ng/mL

Manganese, RBC:         11.0 - 23.0 ng/mL


Manganese is highly concentrated in the cellular elements of blood. Hemolysis of the cellular elements that is unobservable to the naked eye can result in elevated plasma manganese concentrations.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday

Performing Laboratory

Medtox Laboratories, Inc.

CPT Code Information