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Test Code SELEN Selenium, serum

Specimen Type

Blood

Container

Royal blue top with red stripe

Preferred Volume

4 mL

Offsite Collection Instructions

If either gadolinium- or iodide-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen cannot be collected for 96 hours.

UCMC Collection Instructions

If either gadolinium- or iodide-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen cannot be collected for 96 hours.

Availability

Thursdays 7:00am – 1:00pm

Turnaround Time

1 – 7 days

STAT Availability

Not Available

Test Usage

Useful in monitoring selenium nutritional status, especially for patients undergoing parenteral nutrition.

Test Methodology

Atomic absorption spectroscopy

CPT Code

84255

Test Includes

quantitative determination of selenium in serum

Reference Range

80 – 142 ng/mL
reference ranged updated on 3/15/13

Critical Results

None

Test Limitations

High concentrations of gadolinium and iodide are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium- or iodide-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen cannot be collected for 96 hours.
Elevated results from noncertified trace element-free tubes may be due to contamination.
Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances.

Minimum Volume

2 mL

Fee Code

43063