Iron, Liver

Diagnostic Use

Copper and iron are measured in liver biopsy samples using ICP-MS. The samples
are received frozen, or already dried, wrapped in tin foil. They must be dried to
constant weight, the sample weight obtained, and then digested with concentrated
nitric acid to break down the tissue and form a homogeneous solution. Following
digesting, the samples are made up to constant volume with Water 1 and assayed
as soon as possible. The biopsy sample is for the determination of iron for
Hemochromatosis and alcoholic liver disease and copper measurement for Wilsons


Lipids/Trace Metals

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Laboratory Handling


Please store in the freezer on arrival at the laboratory, to Lipids / Trace Metals- Freezer

Test Adds

Not applicable, for this sample type.


Liver Iron

Turnaround Time

4 weeks

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