Arsenic Blood Test

Arsenic Blood Test

Quick Overview

Used to monitor recent or acute exposure to arsenic.

Test #269


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Also Known As Arsenic Blood

Patient should avoid seafood and red wine 72 hours prior to collection.

Test Results 4-6 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Arsenic is a chemical element considered to be a heavy metal and is found in soil and minerals. Compounds of arsenic are used to preserve wood, as pesticides, and in some industries. When arsenic becomes airborne, it can get into the water and the ground.

Exposure to arsenic can be through:

  • Ingesting small amounts in food, water, or air
  • Working in an industry where arsenic is used or made
  • Breathing sawdust or burning smoke from arsenic-treated wood
  • Living in an area where there are high levels of arsenic in rock

Exposure to arsenic can cause many health problems. Being exposed to low levels for a long time can:

  • change the color of your skin
  • cause corns and small warts
  • inflammation of the lungs
  • nerve damage
  • heart problems

Repeated exposure over a long period of time can cause cancer or even death.

Arsenic is not likely to be detected in blood specimens taken more than two days after exposure because it has become integrated into nonvascular tissues.

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