The test provides diagnostic information in cases of suspected haemochromatosis
and Wilson’s Disease.
A liver biopsy of >1.5 cm long is required and after biopsy should immediately be
placed on a 5 cm square of aluminium foil. The foil is then folded like an envelope
and placed in a urine pottle for transport to the laboratory.
On receipt in your laboratory the aluminium foil should be slightly opened and dried
37oC for 24 hours. After drying the foil should be tightly closed and may be
sellotaped to the referral letter or request form. Drying of the sample will prevent
bacterial growth and protect the liver sample from contamination by environmental
iron and copper. (Alternatively the sample in aluminium foil should be frozen and
sent to the Laboratory on ice).
Brief clinical details should be included plus ferritin, iron and %saturation levels in
cases of suspected haemochromatosis.
1.0 - 2.0 mg dried weight. Dry overnight at 37°C or freezer - 20°C. Minimum 0.5 mg dried weight
Supply Ferritin and Iron saturation results with the sample if available
350 – 1250 ug/g dry tissue
$114.59 (Exclusive of GST)