|Category||Biochemistry >> Trace elements|
Trace elements can be essential or toxic. Trace element toxicity can occur as a result of occupational exposure, environmental exposure or iatrogenic toxicity. Any organ can be affected: the central nervous system, liver, kidneys, muscles or circulatory system. All elements can be toxic in excess. Those most commonly associated with toxicity include: aluminium, lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and thallium.
Presentation of pneumonitis, kidney failure, pulmonary oedema, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting (acute – high concentrations)
|Sample & container required||Blood: EDTA (lavender top). Urine: random sample or 24 hour collection|
|Sample volume||0.5 mL|
|Transport storage||Stable at 2-8°C Sample can be sent by first class post.|
|Turnaround time||2 weeks|