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Test Code: HmsBL Preferred Name Heavy metal screen - whole blood

No
N/A
Weekly
Weekly
Non-medicare Item
N/A

Test Tubes

ImageSpecimen TypeSpecimen VolumeTube Type
Blood (adult)6 mLEDTA 6 mL (Pink top) x

COLLECTION NOTES

Patients MUST refrain from eating seafood for at least 5 days prior to sample collection.

GENERAL NOTES



Mater Pathology Heavy Metal Screen - Whole Blood panel includes testing for arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium. For peripheral neuropathy please request in addition, testing for antimony and thallium.

APPLICATION:  Monitoring of patients at risk from environmental exposure.  Suspected poisoning.  Investigation of patients with suspicious clinical features eg, neuropathy, encephalopathy, renal failure, Fanconi syndrome.

INTERPRETATION:  Elevated results indicate exposure.  Normal results exclude recent, clinically significant exposure to those metals analysed.  See also arsenic and mercury.

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