Trace Elements

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Also known as: Trace Minerals; Micronutrients; Essential Minerals
Formal name: Trace Elements
Related tests: Chromium; Copper; Caeruloplasmin; Fluoride; Iodine; Iron tests; Manganese; Molybdenum; Selenium; Zinc; Vitamin B12 and Folate; Vitamin D

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and monitor a mineral deficiency or excess; sometimes to evaluate your nutritional status

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms or signs of a specific mineral deficiency or excess; as indicated when you have a condition that affects mineral absorption, use, or storage

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a random or 24-hour urine sample; rarely, a tissue sample, or another body fluid sample

Test Preparation Needed?

Please check with your doctor to find out if you are required to fast before your test is performed.