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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 mLTrace Element EDTA 6.0mL (Dark Blue Top with LAVENDER label highlight)
Blood (paediatric)2 mLTrace Element EDTA 6.0mL (Dark Blue Top with LAVENDER label highlight)
Blood (neonatal) 2 mLTrace Element EDTA 6.0mL (Dark Blue Top with LAVENDER label highlight)

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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