Aluminum Blood Test
The Aluminum blood test determines the amount of aluminum in the blood and can be a useful tool in the diagnosis and ongoing assessment of aluminum poisoning.
Aluminum is one of the most common elements of the earth's crust and the most prominent metal. Aluminum is found in water, air, soil, and food, so exposure in the environment is inevitable, but usually does not cause harm. Exposure to high aluminum levels can lead to aluminum poisoning (toxicity), which can lead to serious health effects.
High-exposure individuals include those who live or work nearby:
- an environment with increased aluminum levels
- locations where levels are naturally high
- and certain kinds of hazardous waste sites
Food and drinks, antacids, antiperspirants, and vaccines can also contain aluminum, which can increase exposure. Individuals at particular risk of poisoning with aluminum include:
- chronic renal failure who are on dialysis
- decreased kidney function
- burn patients treated with intravenous albumin, especially with coexisting renal failure
- industrial exposure
- patients on parenteral fluids, particularly nutrition
Signs of aluminum poisoning include:
- speech problems such as stuttering
- bone pain
- slow growth in children
- muscle weakness
- deformities or fractures
Aluminum poisoning can lead to bone, brain, lung and nervous system diseases or disorders, as well as anemia and iron absorption impairment.
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