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Iron, liver

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code FEBX
Test group Iron
Performed by Mayo
Sendout? Yes
Method ICP/MS
Collection Instructions Obtain special vial from Specimen Receiving.
Container type Trace metal-free vial (blue label)
Amount to Collect See preferred volume
Sample type Fresh liver tissue
Preferred volume 0.5 x 5 mm piece of liver
Processing notes Refrigerate specimen. Order MAYO# 8350. Call MCS for pickup.
Units µg per g dry wt of liver
Normal range
Males 200-2400 µg per g dry wt of liver Females 400-1600 µg per g dry wt of liver Iron Index < 1.0
Turn around times 14 days
Additional information To convert µg to µmol (SI units) multiply x 0.0179

The hepatic iron index (provided for patients =12 years old) is derived from the formula µg of iron per g of dry liver weight/56 x age. Results between 1.0 and 1.9 suggest mild, nonspecific iron accumulation as may be seen in alcoholic liver disease or heterozygous hemochromatosis. Results > 1.9 indicate homozygous hemochromatosis or transfusion-related iron overload.
Medical Necessity? Yes. Click here for more information
LOINC code 57028-3
Last Updated 10/24/2013 10:44:41 AM
Entry Number 573
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