Preferred Sample Type

Urine Manganese

Suitable Specimen Types

  • Plain Spot Urine
20 mL urine

Sample Processing in Laboratory

Placein Send Away Fridge.

Sample Preparation


Turnaround Time

10 working days

Sample Stability

4 ºC

Urine Manganese

General Information

Indications – ?toxicity (particularly PN overload)

Blood measurement is the approach of choice for investigating PN overload, for other situations, blood and urine should be sent, although the usefulness of analysis for occupational monitoring purposes is questionable unless the exposure has been gross. Monitoring for Mn deficiency is not undertaken because the problem has yet to be convincingly demonstrated in humans and it is extremely difficult to collect blood without contaminating it to concentrations within the normal range.

Patient Preparation


Reference Range

Provided by Reference Laboratory.

Urine: < 1µg / g creatinine (< 2 μmol/mol creatinine)


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status: NEQAS

The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

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For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235