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Aluminum Blood Test

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An aluminum blood test also referred to as an aluminum toxicity test is used in patient monitoring for previous and continuous aluminum exposure.

Test #2958


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Also Known As Aluminum Toxicity Test
Preparation No special preparation required.
Test Results 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The Aluminum blood test measures the amount of aluminum present in the blood and can be a useful tool in the diagnosis and ongoing evaluation of aluminum poisoning.

Aluminum is one of the most common elements and the most prominent metal present in the earth’s crust. Aluminum is found in water, air, soil, and food, so environmental exposure is unavoidable but is usually not harmful. Being exposed to high levels of aluminum can lead to aluminum poisoning (toxicity), which could result in serious health effects.

Individuals at risk for high exposure include those who live or work near:

  • certain kinds of hazardous waste sites
  • an environment with increased aluminum levels
  • and locations where levels are naturally high

Food and beverages, antacids, antiperspirants, and vaccines can also contain aluminum that may increase exposure. Individuals at a particular risk for aluminum poisoning include those with:

  • decreased kidney function
  • industrial exposure
  • patients on parenteral fluids, particularly nutrition
  • chronic renal failure who are on dialysis
  • burn patients receiving treatment through the administration of intravenous albumin, particularly with coexisting renal failure

Symptoms of aluminum toxicity include:

  • confusion
  • bone pain
  • muscle weakness
  • deformities or fractures
  • seizures
  • slow growth in children
  • speech problems such as stuttering

Aluminum poisoning can lead to diseases or disorders of the bone, brain, lung and nervous system, as well as anemia and impaired iron absorption.

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