Zinc (serum) Lab Test

Zinc (serum)
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Clinical Definition of Zinc (serum)

Zinc is an important and required mineral which helps in developing the body's immune system to respond appropriately. Zinc helps in cell division, growth, healing of wounds healing and the disintegration of carbohydrates. Zinc is also a vital component of more than 200 enzymes that are part of a broad category of body actions including actions like sense of smell and taste.

When do you expect results?

24 to 36 Hours

Why Get Tested?

Zinc test is conducted to check for any deficiency of Zinc which helps in the diagnosis and treatment of any identified deficiencies.

Reason to take Zinc (serum) Test

Poor appetite

Problems with the sense of taste and smell 

Repeated infections

Hypogonadism in males

Loss of hair

Multiple skin lesions

Wounds that take more time to heal

Slow growth

Trouble viewing in the dark

Preparations Needed for Zinc (serum) Test

 

No Fasting Required.

No other special preparations required.

 

Sample Required?

Specimen type: Serum (Blood Sample) , Specimen collection procedure : Venipuncture - Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm.

Understanding results of Zinc (serum)

Reference RangeInterpretation
Newborn49.5 - 99.7 Ug/dl
School Children63.8 - 110 Ug/dl
Females70.0 - 114 Ug/dl **
Males72.6 to 127 Ug/dl **

‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges’            

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4078198
  2. https://labtestsonline.org/tests/zinc-protoporphyrin