Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Magnesium Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This is a blood test that measures levels of Magnesium ion"," and is recommended to pregnant women for preeclampsia. The test can be done to patients suspected of malnutrition"," alcoholism"," and diabetes.


Magnesium ion

Patient Preparation

Patient on magnesium supplement should stop several days before sample collection"," according to their doctors

Sample Type

Serum (preferred) or plasma

Sample volume

1 mL

Sample collection Container

Red-top tube"," gel-barrier tube"," or green-top (lithium heparin) tube. Do not use oxalate"," EDTA"

Sample collection instructions

Serum or plasma should be separated within 45 minutes of sample collection

Sample storage

Stable at room temperature/refrigerated/frozen for 14 days

Reference range

1.7 to 2.2 mg/dL

Results Turnaround

1 day after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

High Magnesium levels are associated with"," Adrenal insufficiency"," Diabetic ketoacidosis"," kidney function loss and dehydration. Low levels of magnesium may be associated with uncontrolled Diabetes"," chronic diarrhea"," Hyperaldosteronism"," Hypercalcemia"," Kidney disease"," pancreatitis"," pr